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Audio Described Performances & Tactile Tours

For those with vision impairments, we schedule audio described performances and tactile tours.

Audio described performances

Audio description is a verbal commentary relayed to audience members who are blind or have low vision. The description conveys what is happening on the stage during the parts of the performance where there is no dialogue.

The description does not interfere with the performance but fills in the gaps: describing facial expressions, costume, scenery and action sequences. Audio description at the opera also reads surtitles aloud so that anyone unable to access visual aspects of the performance can follow the plot fully and independently.

The audio description is provided by highly trained Vision Australia describers via a discreet receiver and earphone.

Tactile tours

Tactile tours allow audience members with limited vision to explore props and costumes of the production. Where possible, a tactile tour can also includes access to the set on stage.

How to book audio described performances and tactile tours

Audio described performances and tactile tour bookings can only be made through Opera Australia by calling the Box Office in Sydney on 02 9318 8200 or Melbourne on 03 9685 3700.

When booking, please let us know the number of audio description receivers you require. The receiver should be collected before the performance from the Customer Service Desk.

Audio described performances in 2020