A cultured dog singing opera gives Pavarotti a run for his money

Dog singing opera to Pavarotti in front of TV
(Image credit: BestDogsLifeUK/YouTube)

While a dog singing opera may seem a little far-fetched, Hugo the Golden Retriever from Whitley Bay in England is fairly certain he has what it takes to become the next Pawvarotti.

Filmed by his owner Victoria Fox as he howls along to a recording of Luciano Pavarotti’s famous aria ‘Nessun Dorma’, the clip starts by showing a relaxed Hugo watching the sunset as the music plays in the background.

But as Pavarotti approaches the climax of the tenor aria, Hugo spins on his paws and immediately plonks himself smack bang in front of the TV where he wags his tail and begins to howl along. 

The clip ends with a sweet Hugo pressing his face up against the screen as he attempts to get closer to Pavarotti and the music before he lets out one final howl and steps back. 

“Hugo’s passion is listening and singing to opera,” says Fox. “As soon as he hears the music he stops what he is doing.”

And it’s not just Pavarotti that Hugo can’t get enough of. He’s also partial to other opera greats like Russell Watson, Sarah Brightman, Andrea Bocelli, and The Three Tenors.

Fox regularly captures Hugo singing along to his musical heroes and posts it on his very own Instagram page @bestdogslifeuk

He has a particular fondness for the holiday season where he enjoys joining in on opera performances of everything from White Christmas to Jingle Bells, and while music is his first love, he was most recently caught on camera cheering on the England football team as they played Italy in the Euro final. 

We’re not sure if Hugo has a career as an opera singer but one thing we do know for sure - he sounds a whole lot better than we do!

Kathryn Williams
Freelance writer

Kathryn is a freelance writer who has been a member of the PetsRadar family since it launched in 2020. Highly experienced in her field, she's driven by a desire to provide pet parents with accurate, timely, and informative content that enables them to provide their fur friends with everything they need to thrive. Kathryn works closely with vets and trainers to ensure all articles offer the most up-to-date information across a range of pet-related fields, from insights into health and behavior issues to tips on products and training. When she’s not busy crafting the perfect sentence for her features, buying guides and news pieces, she can be found hanging out with her family (which includes one super sassy cat), drinking copious amounts of Jasmine tea and reading all the books.