Opera Philadelphia

Audio Description

Opera Philadelphia partners with Art-Reach, Inc. and Nicole Sardella (audiodescriber.com) to provide Audio Description services at select in-person performances as well as digitally, on the Opera Philadelphia Channel. Audio Description is now available on the Opera Philadelphia Channel (operaphila.tv/audio-descriptions) with on-demand performances of La traviata, Soldier Songs, and more. Audio Description will also be made available at select live, in-person performances throughout Opera Philadelphia's 2021-2022 season.

For questions regarding Audio Description, please contact Steven Humes, Manager of Audience Development, at 215.893.5903

Audio Description on the Opera Philadelphia Channel

Opera Philadelphia Channel

Subscribe to the Opera Philadelphia Channel to enjoy each of the following Audio Description performances.


LOVE in the Park

Enjoy the talents of the Opera Philadelphia Chorus in this five-episode series, in which 16 singers under the direction of Chorus Master Elizabeth Braden and accompanied by pianist Grant Loehnig perform beloved opera arias and choruses alongside musical theater selections.


La traviata

In October 2015, rising soprano Lisette Oropesa made her role debut as Violetta in a new production of Verdi’s La traviata at the Academy of Music, serving notice that this would be one of the definitive roles of her career.


Soldier Songs

Opera, rock, and film collide in David T. Little's exploration of the life of the Soldier. Based on interviews with veterans of five wars, the piece boldly examines the impact of trauma, the exploitation of innocence, and the difficulty of expressing war's painful truths.


Cycles of My Being

Cycles of My Being, a song cycle that centers on what it means to be a Black man living in America today, had its world premiere on February 20, 2018 in Philadelphia with tenor Lawrence Brownlee and conducted by the composer, Tyshawn Sorey.

Coming Soon

The Island We Made

The Island We Made combines ethereal electronic music and the transformative art of drag lip-sync to explore familial relationships and a multi-generational depiction of “Mother.” A haunting lullaby formed from the memories and individual relationships of its collaborators—acclaimed composer Angélica Negrón, drag superstar Sasha Velour, and renowned filmmaker Matthew PlacekThe Island We Made is a uniquely intimate art-opera film.

Coming Soon

Audio Description at In-Person Performances

Audio Description (AD) is available at select Opera Philadelphia performances. AD is live, verbal narration of the visual elements of theatrical performances. Guests wear a small ear piece equipped with a receiver to hear narration of stage action, actors’ facial expressions, sets, costumes, lighting and props. The person narrating is called the “Audio Describer” and is trained to interject descriptive information between spoken lines. The describer also gives a detailed narration of sets, props, costumes and venue prior to the main performance during pre-show notes. For more information and availability, please contact Patron Services.


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