Starting with the Oct. 14 matinee of “Fidelio,” Seattle Opera will offer live audio descriptions for visually-impaired patrons during select performances in the 2012-13 season. The opera worked with the Washington Council for the Blind and Arts and Visually Impaired Audiences on the program, in which a member of Seattle Opera’s education staff narrates the action for listeners who are using earbuds. The narrator will talk about the setting, scenery and costumes along with the onstage action. Patrons may use the earbuds free of charge; they can be picked up from the assistance booth on the main floor of McCaw Hall before the eligible performances. The service will be available during the 2 p.m. matinees on Jan. 13, 2013 (“La Cenerentola”), Feb. 24 (“La Boheme”) and May 12 (“La voix humaine” with “Suor Angelica”).
October 3, 2012 at 8:00 AM