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ACCESSIBILITY AT MACERATA OPERA FESTIVAL: OUR SERVICES

In 2008, the Macerata Opera Festival launched an ambitious and unique accessibility project with the aim of providing its audience with a wide range of free access services. These services do not only make the opera experience but also the theatre itself, with its backstage areas, accessible to the widest possible audience, including those with special needs. Since 2008, all opera performances are audio described for blind or partially sighted people . In addition, the theatre opens its doors to the audience before all audio-described evening performances with fully guided tactile tours . Since 2009, surtitles, are projected onto the big wall of the Arena Sferisterio, during all opera performances so that not only people with a hearing impairment but also the whole audience, ,  can easily follow the librettos. And for the upcoming opera season, two new worthy additions: the translated English version of the surtitles will be supplied for all opera performances, and a sign-language-interpreted tour will guide the hearing impairedt through the theatre, the stage, and its backstage areas. Find out more about our accessibility services.

TOUCH AND SIGN-LANGUAGE-INTERPRETED TOURS

Free Entry

Since 2011, touch tours take place before the audio described performance for all visitors, in particular for the blind and visually impaired.. Visitors can  touch various specially-made models and other tactile objects in order to gain a special awareness of the theatre, its history, and the operas which will be performed. We have three different but complementary tours:

  1. Costumes, wardrobe, make-up – This tour is organised in partnership with the wardrobe and make-up departments. After visiting the theatre, visitors can access the wardrobe and make-up departments to touch the costumes designed for the current season operas but also for past ones. Visitors can also put on the costumes and then receive 3D samples of the costumes themselves as a gift.
  2. Set and props– This tour is organized in partnership with the theatre technical staff. It allows visitors to touch elements of the set, examine some of the props, and gain a special and unique awareness of the acting and performance space. For the upcoming opera season, the tour is enriched with a sign-language-interpreting guide who will lead visitors with hearing impairment through the theatre, the stage, and the props.
  3. Instruments and orchestra – This tour is organised in partnership with the FORM orchestra. It allows visitors to touch and play some of the instruments which will be used in the opera performance. Visitors will also take part in an orchestra conductor simulation.

Additional information

All tours are offered free of charge but there are limited places available. Visitors are recommended to arrive around 6:15pm. The tour starts at the Arena Sferisterio entrance gates. Booking and further information: please contact us at arte.accessibile@unimc.it.

 

Arena Sferisterio – Macerata Opera Festival Personalised seat allocation

Facilities and services offered to audience members with physical impairment also include personalized seat allocation::

  • Wheelchair Access

stalls (red section), free personal ticket and discount on companion ticket (ticket price 25 Euros). There are up to 6 spaces for wheelchair users.

  • Other accessibility requirements –

Audience members with other disabilities (and with an assessed degree of disability of 70% or more): stalls (red section), free personal ticket and discount on companion ticket (ticket price 25 Euros). There are up to 10 spaces available. It is possible to choose a different seat allocation with a 50% discount. There are further benefits for group bookings or bookings made by companies, with the possibility of enjoying free seating (including companions),  in the lateral boxes located on the first tier (yellow section). There are 2 boxes available for each performance.

Additional information

For further information, please contact us by calling the ticket office: +39 0733 230735

 

Italian and english surtitles

Live surtitles are supplied for all opera performances, making the opera librettos accessible to all audience members, especially to the hearing impaired. Surtitles are projected onto both sides of the big wall of the Sferisterio Arena, , blending harmoniously with the setting and lighting. For the upcoming opera season, the translated English version of the surtitles will also be supplied for all opera performances, making the opera librettos accessible to all international audience members. Surtitles will be supplied for all opera performances at the Sferisterio, including Shi! at the Lauro Rossi Theatre.

Additional information

The surtitling service is offered free of charge and there is no need to book  in advance.

Audio description

Audience members follow the description on headphones, on loan free of charge, which are provided by the theatre and positioned behind the seats.

Audio description is a verbal commentary for the blind and visually impaired audience, with the aim to increase the accessibility of the opera performance by providing a detailed synopsis of the work, a tailored description of the set design, the costumes, and of what is happening visually on stage. Our audio descriptions also include details provided by the artists themselves (director, costume designer, light designer, set designer, and many others), in order to highlight the style of and the ‘philosophy’ behind the production.

Introductory descriptions are provided approximately 15 minutes before the start of the performance and four-five minutes before the end of each interval. During the performance, short descriptions of 2-3 seconds are delivered simultaneously without interfering with it.

The pre-recorded introductory descriptions can be downloaded free as MP3 files and are also accessible for the deaf and hearing impaired.

Audio description will be supplied for all opera performances at the Sferisterio, as well as Shi! at the Lauro Rossi Theatre.

Additional information

Tickets for all audio described performances are free for blind and partially sighted audience members, while a reduced-price ticket of 12.50 Euros is available for accompanying persons. Audience members are recommended to arrive around 8:40pm and take their seats in the Arena. The audio descriptions begin 15 minutes before the performance starts. Tickets can be collected from the ticket office (Piazza Mazzini, 10 – 62100 Macerata – Tel: +39 0733 230735) before the performance nights. Booking and further information: please contact us at arte.accessibile@unimc.it.

Accessibility Programme 2017

Friday 28 July “MADAMA BUTTERFLY”

At 6:30pm Set and props touch tour, with sign-language-interpreting service

At 9:00pm audio described performance

Saturday 29 July “TURANDOT”

At 6:30pm Costumes, wardrobe, make-up tour

At 9:00pm audio described performance

Sunday 30 July “AIDA”

At 6:30pm Instruments and orchestra tour

At 9:00pm audio described performance

Wednesday 2 August “SHI (to be)”

At 9:00am audio described performance

 

ACCESSIBILITY TEAM

Coordinator: Elena Di Giovanni

Surtitles director: Daniele Gabrielli

Audio descriptions and tours: Francesca Raffi

Accessibility services: Chiara Pazzelli

 

ITALIAN AND INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS

Unione Italiana Ciechi e Ipovedenti (Macerata, Italy); Museo Statale Tattile Omero (Ancona, Italy); Ente Nazionale Sordi (Macerata, Italy); Università degli Studi di Macerata (Macerata, Italy); Montclair State University (New Jersey, USA).

 

 

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