A Donkey Named Sue


Making his operatic debut in this month’s upcoming production of Pagliacci is none other than a donkey named Sue (aptly named after the Johnny Cash song, “A Boy Named Sue”). This tough leading animal arrived this week with his handler in tow, who will be a supernumerary in the show.

Sue comes to LA Opera all the way from Critters of the Cinema in Lake Hughes, CA, a company that provides all kinds of animals for everything from films to parades to print advertisements. He has been featured in print advertisements (Wet Seal), on Comedy Central, Fear Factor, and even in Pirates of the Caribbean. Sue is led onstage during the first half of Pagliacci, entering with a dashing sombrero and a dark colored Spanish serape that Prop Coordinator Lisa Coto calls “Clint Eastwood styled.” It is a costume of which Sue is particularly proud. After his time on the stage, Sue exits and makes the trek back to Lake Hughes with his handler, looking forward to his next stint on the opera stage.

A Donkey Named Sue

A Donkey Named Sue

To catch Sue live onstage with the cast, click here to purchase tickets to Gianni Schicchi/Pagliacci.

Follow @laopera on Instagram to participate in our about our Donkey Named Sue Photo caption contest, details below:

We all love Sue. To celebrate Sue and kick-off the season give us you funniest, most creative caption for the photo below.  Entries will need to be posted on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter no later than Monday, September 28. Winners will be chosen on September 30 and will receive two tickets to our Wine Terrace at Opera at the Beach on October 3.

To find out more about Opera at the Beach, click here.

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