Auslan Interpreted Performance

Auslan Shadow Interpreting

Opera Australia is dedicated to making opera performances accessible to the Deaf and hard of hearing audiences, through our Auslan Shadow-interpreting program.

In 2019 Opera Australia will offer Shadow-interpreted versions of its Schools touring production in both Victoria and New South Wales. Shadow-interpreting incorporates Auslan interpreters into the onstage action with stage direction & costumes, rather than having them stand to the side of the stage. The result is a much more comprehensive and exciting theatre-going experience for Deaf, hard of hearing and hearing audiences.

This exciting program was originally developed with support from Deaf Children Australia, and is now entering its ninth year of schools touring. In 2013 Opera Australia was the Victorian winner of the Creative Partnerships Australia Arts Access Award for this program, and in 2014 Opera Australia was a finalist in the National Disability Awards for the Improving Inclusive and Accessible Communities Award.

Opera Australia allocates dates each year to provide Auslan Shadow-interpreted performances, and in 2019 will be holding the following public performances, in conjunction with its schools touring:


The Barber of Seville
Friday 12 July
Melbourne Recital Centre



By the Light of the Moon
Saturday 27 April
The Opera Centre



For more information, contact


AUSLAN Shadow Interpreting

AUSLAN Shadow Interpreting


2013 Winner Victoria Creative Partnerships Arts Access Award

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