Royal Opera House streaming online with audio description

As part of its #OurHouseToYourHouse initiative, the Royal Opera House is streaming a Friday evening series of operas and ballets, available free on demand via their Facebook and YouTube channels.

Both Cendrillon, available at 7pm  on 22 May and The Cellist, available at 7pm on 29 May, will have audio description.

Audio description is being piloted for these two productions, with our colleagues from Sightlines creating the 10-minute introduction and the audio-described version of the video.

First staged at Covent Garden in 2011, Laurent Pelly’s charming production of Jules Massenet’s 1899 opera Cendrillon retells the story of Cinderella. The online premiere is at 7pm on 22 May 2020, with audio description written by Willie Elliott and Roz Chalmers, and voiced by Willie Elliott. The audio introduction is avaialable for download at the bottom of this page, and a recorded version is presented at the start of the video. More details about Cendrillon.

“A joyfully giddy tribute to Jacqueline du Pré”, said the Guardian when The Cellist premiered at Covent Garden last February. Cathy Marston’s first main stage work for the Royal Ballet now premieres online at 7pm on 29 May 2020, with audio description written by the original Sightlines team who worked on this production, Willie Elliott and Jane Brambley, and voiced by Willie Elliott.

We will update this page to include links as soon as they are available.

Please note, we’ve been told that audience takeup will be a factor in whether the Royal Opera House decides to provide audio description for the rest of this series.