Mention opera and most people think of singing and music – but this is only part of the overall experience. What about scenery, costumes, lighting, direction and choreography?
For those who are visually impaired, this service provides a live commentary during full-length performances, describing the action on stage without compromising the music.
As part of the experience, a recorded introduction to the opera is provided in advance, including details of the set, costumes and props.
At select performances there is also a free Touch Tour of the set and a live audio introduction before the start of the performance.
You can book tickets for audio-described performances via the venue box offices.
When you arrive at your chosen performance please make yourself known to a member of the Front of House team and they will provide you with your audio description headset.
Guide dogs are welcome at all of our venues.
Did you know? We have audio-described versions available for many of our films. Browse the full collection below!
Hansel and GretelHumperdinck
Così fan TutteMozart
The Diary of One Who DisappearedJanáček
Interested in getting involved?
We are always looking for new audio describers to join our dedicated team. If you have some time to spare and would like to find out what is involved, please contact the team using the form below.