Opera Philadelphia

Audio Description

Opera Philadelphia partners with Art-Reach, Inc. and Nicole Sardella to provide Audio Description services at select live performances as well as digitally, on the Opera Philadelphia Channel.

At live performances, Audio Description is live, verbal narration of stage action, actors’ facial expressions, sets, costumes, lighting, props, and more. Prior to the performance, guests are also invited to tune into Pre-Show Notes where further details about the plot, translations, and venue will be shared. Guests are able to connect to Audio Description by downloading the LiveVoice app to their personal mobile device and entering a unique 6-digit performance code at the venue (see below). Guests are responsible for bringing their own noise-cancelling headphones or ear piece. Alternate accommodations will be made for those who are unable to provide their own mobile device or headset. Please contact us in advance.

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On the Opera Philadelphia Channel, Audio Description is embedded into the streaming content and available as a unique video on the Channel. Pre-Show Notes are included at the beginning of each film or between acts. See below for a list of audio described productions on the Channel.

For questions regarding Audio Description or to schedule a test of LiveVoice on your personal device, please contact Steven Humes, Manager of Audience Development, at humes@operaphila.org or 215.893.5903

Audio Description at Live Performances

Oedipus Rex + Lilacs

Performance Date: Friday, January 21 at 8:00 p.m.

Pre-Show Notes: Notes will be pre-recorded and posted on this page by January 17. Notes will also be delivered live at the performance at 7:45 p.m.

LiveVoice Performance Code: 101991

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Performance Date: Friday, May 6 at 8:00 p.m.

Pre-Show Notes: Notes will be pre-recorded and posted on this page by April 29. Notes will also be delivered live at the performance at 7:45 p.m. as well as during intermission.

LiveVoice Performance Code: 207697

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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.


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. Pre-show notes are available at the beginning of the opera as well as during intermissions.


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. Pre-show notes are available at the beginning of the opera.


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. Pre-show notes:


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. Pre-show notes will be available at the beginning of the performance.


La voix humaine

Star soprano Patricia Racette takes her acclaimed interpretation of Elle from the stage to the screen in this new film of one of opera’s most powerful monodramas. Directed by the visionary James Darrah (director, Breaking the Waves; creative producer & co-screenwriter, Soldier Songs) and filmed at the gilded Elkins Estate in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania

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Audio Description for the Opera Philadelphia 2021-2022 Season has been underwritten by PECO.

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