Audio Description & Touch Tours

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 live commentary designed to describe the action on stage without compromising the music. 


As part of the experience, we include:
• A free CD, sent out in advance of the performance, which gives an excellent introduction to the production, including interviews, a synopsis, musical excerpts and details about the costumes, sets and individual characters.
• A free Touch Tour of the set, costumes and props before the show.
• An audio introduction 15 minutes before the start of the main performance.


If you or someone you know is interested in booking for an Audio-described performance, simply 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.

For more information, contact Iona Jack on 0141 248 4567.


Interested in joining the team?

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


Audio-described performances are listed below. Touch Tours start at 6pm for evening performances and 1pm for Saturday matinees.    


Madama Butterfly

Festival Theatre Edinburgh Sat 17 May 7.15pm

Theatre Royal Glasgow Sat 31 May 7.15pm

Eden Court, Inverness Sat 7 Jun 7.15pm

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen Sat 14 Jun 7.30pm