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February 13, 2021 - February 20, 2021

Pro D Workshop: Describing Opera

Hosted by VocalEye

This two-part workshop explores different approaches to describing opera for audience members who are blind and partially sighted.

Part One will look at the preparation of the audio description script and the research one might need to undertake, in order to fully understand the process, including libretti and working in different languages. We will discuss various layouts of the script and talk about the ways in which music can help us to tell the story and will give participants a project to work on before the next session. Instructors: Willie Elliott and Di Langford

Part Two will discuss the homework projects and the practicalities of live description in an opera setting. Instructors: Willie Elliott and Jane Bramble

This workshop is open to audio describers of all levels, professionals and students. The fee covers both sessions. 


Subsidies are available for those in financial need and for those who identify with a disability. To apply, please contact events@vocaleye.ca.



355 East 15th Avenue, #303, Vancouver, BC, V5T 2R2, Canada

VocalEye is a non-profit society, registered charity and the first live descriptive arts service for the blind in Canada. Our mission is to provide greater access to theatre, arts and cultural events for people of all ages who are blind and partially sighted. We provide theatre companies and other arts organizations with the support necessary to make their productions and events more accessible to these audience members through live description, education, outreach and other services.