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Does Your Dog Have What it Takes to be an Opera Star in Leicester? 

A local four legged star is sought to take centre stage at an opera, taking place at De Montfort Hall later this month.

Producers have put out the call for dogs to audition, ahead of a performance of Puccini’s La Boheme, which is taking place at the venue on Friday, March 24.

Leicester Time: Does Your Dog Have What it Takes to be an Opera Star in Leicester? 
Picture: De Montfort Hall

In order to be considered, dogs need to be small, well behaved, used to people and quiet.

Plus, as the owner, you will need to be prepared to go on stage in costume to look after him or her during performances.

Director Ellen Kent loves to innovate her productions by working with humans and all kinds of animals.  

“People say never work with children or animals, but I love to do both!” she explained.

“The first time was 20 years ago when my cat Holly Go-Lightly was in one of my productions and was an instant hit. Since then we’ve had horses, dogs, goldfish, even a golden eagle with a 6ft wing span on stage.

“Many years ago, when we last did La Boheme and asked local people to volunteer their pets, it was a huge success,” she went on to reveal.

“We even used s rescue dog and found him dozens of new owners. We’re a nation of animal lovers after all. I’m sure there’s lots of doggie talent out there!”

La Boheme is described as “one of the most romantic operas ever written.” It tells the tragic tale of the doomed, consumptive Mimi and her love for a penniless writer.

To give your pooch a shot at stardom, you will need to send a recent photograph of them, plus your contact number and address, dog’s breed, height, weight, age and name to:

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