Low Vision Initiative

Haymarket Opera is thrilled to announce special low vision programming for the 2018-2019 season. This program is meant specifically to serve those with low vision, but may be of interest to all our audience members.


HOC offers viewers a sumptuous feast for the eyes with period-inspired costumes, movement, dance, and period musical instruments. This year, we will bring those elements up close to everyone through a pre-opera talk and touch experience, highlighting the many ways Haymarket Opera brings period music to life. In addition to the pre-opera talk about the piece, a touch experience will allow participants to better understand the costumes, and in a conversation from the pit, musicians will describe their particular instrument and highlight its unique sound. Complementing this experience will be photographs to be handled and enlarged, alternative lighting, and recorded program notes available to all. 


This program is led by Dr. Katherine Lynch, OD, FAAO, Assistant Professor at the Illinois College of Optometry and a specialist in Ocular Disease and Low Vision. 


This low vision initiative received an Innovation Award from Opera America and is generously funded by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation. 


If you or someone you know is interested or could benefit from this experience, please be in touch! 

 Hagar's Angel by Zuleyka V. Benitez
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