Accessibility

Victorian Opera is committed to making opera accessible to everyone.

Audio Description and Tactile Tours

Audio Description narrates the action on stage for audience members who are blind or visually impaired via a wireless receiver pack and ear piece. Audience members who utilise Audio Description for a dedicated audio-described performance also have the option of attending the accompanying Tactile Tour.

Audio described performances

Hansel and Gretel 9 June, 2pm
William Tell 19 July, 7:30pm
Pelleas and Melisande 13 October, 7:30pm

Tactile Tours are for ticket holders with a vision impairment and their companion to explore the props and costumes of the production. Tactile Tours take place in the auditorium 60 minutes prior to the start time of the performance and participants need to arrive 15 minutes before the tour to sign in. Please note this is not an open backstage tour and all participants need to be registered for the Tactile Tour one week prior.

When organising your tickets, please speak to the box office to book your Audio Description receiver and/or Tactile Tour. If you have already booked tickets, you can register for Tactile Tours below.

Tactile tours

Hansel and Gretel 9 June, 1pm (sign in at 12:45pm)

William Tell 19 July, 6:30pm (sign in at 6:15pm)

Pelleas and Melisande 13 October, 6:30pm (sign in at 6:15pm)

Relaxed Performances

Hansel and Gretel 12 June, 1pm

A relaxed performance provides a calm environment for audiences with elements of the production adapted to reduce anxiety or stress. This environment is ideal for audience members with autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome and those sensitive to sensory variance. Lighting and sound levels are adjusted to soften their impact; making noise and moving around the auditorium is welcome during the performance; and there are designated ‘chill-out’ areas in the foyer.

Tickets can be booked through Arts Centre Melbourne, Arts Learning Department on (03) 9281 8582.

Wheelchair and mobility access

Victorian Opera presents in venues that provide access and seating for wheelchairs and mobility aids. Please let the box office know of your requirements when booking.