Audio Commentary Service

Pittsburgh Opera offers an Audio Commentary service for patrons with visual impairments during the Tuesday* performances at all our productions (unless other date is specified).

  • Rossini’s The Barber of Seville • October 17, 2023 • The Benedum Center
  • Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman • November 14, 2023 • The Benedum Center
  • Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride • January 23, 2024 • CAPA School Theater
  • Mazzoli’s Proving Up • February 20, 2024 • Bitz Opera Factory
  • Verdi’s La traviata • March 19, 2024 • The Benedum Center
  • Seaton’s The Passion of Mary Cardwell Dawson • April 30, 2024 • Byham Theater

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. 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. An audio describer reads from the program book ten minutes before the performance—the "pre-show"—and then reads the Supertitles and describes the visual aspects of the stage during the performance—the "play-by-play". We're thankful to our volunteers who provide this service each season!

One well-dressed man and four well-dressed women pose for a picture Pittsburgh 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. 

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