We welcome everyone to enjoy opera, a rich and exciting art form full of sounds, sights, and music.

Audio Commentary Service

Pittsburgh Opera offers an Audio Commentary service for patrons with visual impairments during the second Tuesday performances at all our productions.

  • The Magic Flute, Benedum Center, November 6th-14th, 2021                         
  • The Rose Elf, Bitz Opera Factory, January 22-30, 2022
  • In A Grove, Bitz Opera Factory, February 19th-March 3rd, 2022
  • Carmen, Benedum Center, March 26th-April 3rd, 2022
  • Blue, August Wilson African American Cultural Center, April 23rd-May 1st, 2022

Through Assistive Listening Devices,patrons can hear the supertitles read simultaneously with their appearance on the screen, as well as hear descriptions of the set, characters, and costumes. Channel 1 on the Infrared Hearing Devices is audio amplification only. Channel 2 on the Infrared Hearing Devices includes music and Audio Commentary. A patron may reserve a seat in advance by calling 412-281-0912, extension 213.

An all-volunteer team has provided the Audio Commentary service since 2003. Several team members provide individual assistance to patrons as they pick up Assistive Listening Devices. Another team member reads from the program book ten minutes before each act of the performance—the "pre-show". Another team member reads the Supertitles and describes the visual aspects of the stage—the "play-by-play". We're thankful to our volunteers who provide this service each season!

Photo of Pittsburgh Opera's Audio Commentary teamPittsburgh Opera Audio Commentary Team— Julia, Ray, Jan, Donna, and Mary Ann

Braille and Large-Print Programs

Braille and large-print programs are available at each performance. 

Hearing Assistance

Infrared hearing devices are available at our Benedum Center performances. Channel 1 on the Infrared Hearing Devices is for audio amplification.

Opera Study Guides

The Study Guides for each opera are posted in PDF format on the Pittsburgh Opera website in advance of the opera's opening, and are available in paper form at all performances, in the lobby area. 

For more information about Pittsburgh Opera programs for Adults, please email Marilyn Michalka Egan, Ph.D., Director of Education, or call her at 412-281-0912, ext. 242.