Penobscot Theatre Company is thrilled to announce the “paw-some” news that the last of The Dog Operas, “Dog Giovanni,” has been released, making all three “pupperas,” made for and by dogs, available for streaming all at once. Presented as a series of three episodes released on a monthly schedule, “The Barker of Seville” in March and “Tosca the Ball” in April have been met with enthusiasm. The release of “Dog Giovanni” marks the final production of Penobscot Theatre Company’s 47th Digital season: Digitus Theatrum, a season that has included 17 uniquely curated projects filled with an array of creativity and talent from Maine and beyond.

“It has been an honor to give a voice to dogs everywhere,” says Producing Artistic Director, Bari Newport, “who knew just how much they loved the opera classics! When this project was conceived, no one quite knew what to expect. Through immense talent, creativity, and collaboration we are proud to bring this art into the homes of theatre and dog lovers everywhere.”

Each episode has faced the remarkable feat of condensing famous melodies into a dog’s point of view and allowing dogs to take center stage. Behind the curtain were a pack of humans consisting of Larrance Fingerhut (music), Brad LaBree (film), Kat Johnson (design) and Christie Robinson (lyrics), wrote and scored the reimagined “tails” of love and heartbreak.

To further give voice to our ever barking companions: singers Elena Burns (soprano), Annie Leonardi (soprano), Frank Bachman (tenor), Ira Kramer (tenor), Kat Johnson (mezzo), Tina Burns (soprano), Josh Miller (baritone) and Matt Madore (baritone) bring heart and hilarity to the three classic scores as mixed by audio engineer, Neil Graham.

Canine stars include Sir Toby (Maltese), Iggy (mixed breed), Ty (Golden Retriever), Izzy (Maltese), Rusty (Chihuahua mix), Rookie (Mini-Australian Shepard/Poodle mix), Maxwell (poodle), Xander (Dachshund mix), Leroy (Shi-Chi), Poppy (mixed breed), Hershel (mixed breed) and Trout (Tortie Cat).

With each episode ranging 9-12 minutes apiece The Dog Operas make for the perfect evening with your canine companion. As an extra treat, all three will be available for streaming until Monday, May 31. Household tickets for The Dog Operas are $40 and include all three “pupperas.” Subscriber household tickets are $35. Tickets may be purchased online at www.penobscottheatre.org or by calling the box office at (207) 942-3333.

Penobscot Theatre Company, located in the Bangor Opera House located at 131 Main St., Bangor, is the Northeastern-most, professional, year-round theatre company in the country. The theatre produces a wide variety of plays, musicals and educational programming. PTC welcomes over 40,000 patrons each season to its century-old home. For more information, call (207) 947-6618 or go online to penobscottheatre.org.


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