Horse makes opera debut in Falstaff at the ROH
15 May 2012 Last updated at 00:16 BST
A 15-year-old horse called Rupert is making his opera debut at the Royal Opera House, in a new production of Falstaff as part of the London 2012 Festival.
Director Robert Carsen, who has set the tale of Shakespeare's roguish knight in the 1950s, wanted to introduce a horse to reflect English society.
Italian baritone Ambrogio Maestri, who plays Sir John Falstaff, says he has bonded with Rupert despite having never ridden a horse before.
Produced by the BBC's Claudia Redmond and Dan Curtis.