Audio Description & Touch Tours


Opera: music, costumes, set. We want you to experience it all. 

And with our Audio-described performances you can. 


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.



Audio-described performances are listed below. Touch Tours start at 6pm for evening performances and 2.45pm for Sunday matinees.    


Orfeo ed Euridice

Theatre Royal Glasgow Sat 28 Feb 7.15pm

Festival Theatre Edinburgh Sat 7 Mar 7.15pm



Theatre Royal Glasgow Sat 11 Apr 7.15pm

Festival Theatre Edinburgh Sat 18 Apr


Il trovatore

Theatre Royal Glasgow Sun 17 May 4pm

Festival Theatre Edinbrgh Sun 24 May 4pm

Eden Court, Inverness Sat 6 Jun 7.15pm

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen Sat 13 Jun 730pm



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 email Iona Jack