Following a search to find a dog to appear in one of the most romantic operas ever written, Puccini’s La Bohème, the company are delighted to announce they have found the perfect pooch to appear at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford this February.

Ted, a three-year old Bichon Frisé, will be treading the boards as Musetta’s dog in the cafe scene, with brass bands and lots of street children. This gorgeous dog was rehomed with proud owner Nikki Barrett 18 months ago. No stranger to the stage, Ted has recently starred in a local production at The Keighley Playhouse of Little Women as Aunt March’s dog, with six performances and was perfect every night! Nikki will be appearing with Ted as Musetta’s maid.

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, dogs, goldfish and even a golden eagle with a six foot wingspan on stage.”

Puccini’s masterpiece, La Bohème, is based on Henri Murger’s novel Scenes La Vie de Bohème. Set in Paris, it focuses on the love between seamstress Mimi and poet Rodolfo. Introducing the International soprano Alyona Kistenyova as Mimi and starring Olga Perrier, the international French soprano as Musetta, this classic tale of Parisian love and loss features many famous arias including Your Tiny Hand Is Frozen, They Call Me Mimi and Musetta’s Waltz. Traditionally staged and featuring beautiful sets and costumes, the production includes a brass band, snow effects and, of course Musetta’s dog.

Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Monday 6 February 2017, 7.30pm

Alhambra Theatre: Aida, Sun 5 February & La Bohème, Mon 6 February 7.30pm

*Tickets: £36.50 – £21.50 concessions & group prices available.

£5 off each show when booking for both Aida & La Bohème

Call the Box Office on 01274 432000 or visit

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