Goes your dog have the X-factor

Is your dog a superstar?
Is your dog a superstar?

If your pet pooch has the canine X-factor they could win a place in the spotlight in the beautiful and romantic opera La Boheme, coming to the Congress Theatre in Eastbourne on February 4.

International soloists have been selected from across the world to join the celebrated Chisinau National Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra’s Spring tour – but there is still one role to be cast, that of Muzetta’s pet dog.

Award-winning opera director and producer Ellen Kent said: “People say never work with children or animals but I love to do both.

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

“Many years ago when we last did La Boheme and asked local people to volunteer their pets it was a huge success. We even used a rescue dog once and found him dozens of new owners.

“We’re a nation of animal lovers after all. I’m sure there is plenty of doggie talent out there.”

Your pet needs to be well behaved and small – and as his owner, you will need to be prepared to go onstage in costume to look after him or her.

Sung in Italian with English subtitles, La Boheme is based on Henri Murger’s novel Scenes de la vie de boheme and focuses on the love between seamstress Mimi and poet Rodolfo.

After falling in love instantly, Rodolfo later leaves Mimi due to her flirtatious behaviour, although he is wracked by guilt since their life together has probably worsened Mimi’s delicate constitution.

In true tragic opera fashion, the pair re-unite briefly at the end before Mimi dies.

To audition your dog, send a photograph to Sadie Williams at sadie@ellenkent.co.uk. Please include a contact number and address as well as the breed, height, weight, age and name of your dog.

If you are successful, we will contact you a week before the performance.