For most of us, a night at the opera conjures images of a formal evening that involves formal performances and a very formal commitment to pretending to understand what’s happening onstage. But that wasn’t the case yesterday when Opera Australia hosted a “Doggie Day at the Opera.” Oh sure, there was an emotional performance of “Nessun dorma,” but the crowd was decidedly less stuffy — and more likely to bark at tenor Simon Kim — than usual.
Opera Australia’s free event looked like it was a great success, and a lot of fun for both the canine and human participants. The dogs were encouraged to dress up (or to be dressed up) and, according to the Opera, it had a costume box filled with outfits and accessories for the two-legged attendees to try on. The well-dressed pets included a little lion and a bigger one, a floral patterned Dachshund and one dapper gentledog in a tiny tuxedo.
The song that Kim performed was from Puccini’s opera “Turandot” but, for a couple of hours on Sydney Harbor, it was OK if you read that as “Turandog.” Here are a few pictures of some of the sharp-dressed attendees.