Patrons can request an audio-description headset from the assistance booth, around the corner from coat check, located on the main entry level of McCaw Hall. Headsets will be distributed free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. Participating patrons must leave an ID in exchange for the headset. A member of Seattle Opera’s Education staff will narrate the live description, beginning 10 minutes prior to the beginning of the matinee. The early start will allow patrons to become familiar and resolve any issues with their ear bud, while offering the narrator a chance to make introductory remarks about the production before the curtain rises. During the performance, descriptions will be carefully timed so as not to interfere with patrons’ enjoyment of the music, and will continue briefly at the beginning and conclusion of the intermission. Transmissions to ear buds will not disturb non-participating patrons sitting nearby.
To find out more, contact the Seattle Opera Box Office at (206) 389-7676, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Complete information about accessibility at Seattle Opera is available HERE.
Photo from Turandot by Alan Alabastro