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

Audio Description

Pittsburgh Opera offers audio commentary for patrons with visual impairments during Tuesday performances at all our performance venues. By using hearing 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.

A patron may reserve a seat in advance by calling 412-281-0912, extension 213.
Tickets are only $10.00 each for patrons with visual impairments and a companion, and
consideration will be given in case of financial hardship.

To pick up an Infrared Hearing Device at the Benedum Center, a patron presents an ID
in the Guest Services Center, located off the far right lobby. Channel 1 on the Infrared
Hearing Devices is audio amplification only. Channel 2 on the Infrared Hearing Devices
includes music and Audio Commentary.

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.

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.