These specially created performances are fully-staged, and performed by a narrator, The Orchestra of Scottish Opera, and a wonderful cast of singers. Audiences are lead through the story, and hear some of the best-loved music from the opera. Lighting levels in the auditorium are brighter, and people are able to come in and out of the auditorium during the performance and see the show in the bar on TV screens.
Groups welcome – call your local box office to book.
Presenter Allan Dunn
Supported by: The Scottish Opera Syndicate, Scottish Opera's Education Angels, Miss E.C. Hendry's Charitable Trust, The Misses Barrie Charitable Trust,The Cruach Trust,The Lady Marian Gibson Trust & The E M Whittome 2013 Charitable Trust
Dementia Friendly performances at Scottish Opera
TOSCA 2019 Edinburgh Sat 23 Nov 6pm
NIXON IN CHINA 2020 Glasgow Sat 22 Feb 6pm Edinburgh Sat 29 Feb 6pm
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM 2020 Edinburgh Sat 4 Apr 6pm Glasgow Sat 25 Apr 6pm
THE GONDOLIERS 2020 Glasgow Sat 23 May 6pm Aberdeen Sat 30 May 6pm Inverness Sat 6 Jun 6pm Edinburgh Sat 13 Jun 6pm London Sat 18 Jul 6pm
Want to know more about the opera you’re going to see? Look out for a performance with a Pre-show Talk. These free half-hour talks delve deeper into the opera, enhancing your enjoyment and extending your knowledge.
Tickets are free but should be reserved by calling the box office at your chosen venue. Limited availability.
Theatre Royal Glasgow 0844 871 7647 Festival Theatre Edinburgh 0131 529 6000 His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen 01224 641 122 Eden Court, Inverness 01463 234 234 Hackney Empire, London 020 8985 2424
Touch Tours start at 6pm for evening performances and 1.45pm for Sunday matinees (1.15pm for The Gondoliers on 13 June).
TOSCA 2019 Edinburgh Sun 17 Nov 3pm
NIXON IN CHINA 2020 Glasgow Sat 22 Feb 7.15pm Edinburgh Sat 29 Feb 7.15pm
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM 2020 Edinburgh Sat 4 Apr 7.15pm Glasgow Sat 25 Apr 7.15pm
THE GONDOLIERS 2020 Glasgow Sat 23 May 7.15pm Aberdeen Sat 30 May 7.15pm Inverness Sat 6 Jun 7.15pm Edinburgh Sat 13 Jun 2.30pm
Opera: music, costumes, set. We want you to experience it all.
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? Audio-description helps visually-impaired patrons enjoy the opera experience with a live commentary that describes the action on stage without compromising the music.
As part of the experience, we include:
A free introductory CD, sent out in advance of the performance.
A free Touch Tour of the set, costumes and props before the show.
An audio introduction 15 minutes before the start of the performance.
If you or someone you know is interested in booking for an audio-described performance, please make this clear when you contact the box office at your chosen theatre. Discounted tickets are available. Tickets for audio-described performances and Touch Tours must be booked at least two weeks in advance. Guide dogs are welcome.
Please note: tickets for audio-described performances at Theatre Royal Glasgow should be booked through their Groups Department at the number below.
Theatre Royal Glasgow 0800 912 6971 Festival Theatre Edinburgh 0131 529 6000 His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen 01224 641 122 Eden Court, Inverness 01463 234 234