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Casting Call for Doggy Divas on Sydney Harbour

Dogs who dream of stardom can have the op-paw-tunity of a lifetime this April with applications now open to appear in La Traviata at the world-famous Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

Dogs will appear centre stage during the glamourous Act 1 party scene of La Traviata, wagging their tails to the beat of the Brindisi as they perform alongside principal cast, chorus and dancers in front of an audience of 3,000.

Director Constantine Costi says the real-life Parisian woman behind La Traviata's central character, Violetta Valery, was once gifted a small spaniel by an admirer.

“The courtesan Marie Duplessis would walk her dog through the park, arm-in-arm with dashing young men, so having a dog on stage adds to the characterisation and is a nod to the 

real-life courtesan we take inspiration from,” he said.

Four hopeful doggy divas with Danita Weatherstone, 
who plays Annina in La Traviata. 

No previous acting (or singing) experience is required! 

All small to medium-size dogs will be considered, but as La Traviata is set in Paris, French breeds are preferred

The dogs must be healthy and well-trained as there will be fireworks, noise, bright lights, thousands of people and lots of distractions.

Proud pup owners will be responsible for looking after their dogs whilst they are not on stage, and will receive two complimentary tickets to watch their doggy’s magnificent opera debut.

For more details, and to apply for the role, please visit

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is supported by the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, Patron-in-Chief Dr Haruhisa Handa through the International Foundation for Arts and Culture, and Principal Partner HSBC.

MEDIA RELEASE, 2nd March 2020

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