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Your gift today can help open the Opera House to children with a disability.

Isabella is a bright, vivacious, five year old – and congenitally blind. 
You might think Isabella would not enjoy coming to the Opera House. However, through your generosity, Isabella’s Opera House experience can be as exciting and fulfilling for her as it is for you and me.

Through our donor-supported Access Program, Isabella got to come with her friends to a children’s show at the Opera House. With the help of our specially-trained guide, before the show, she learnt where everything was on the stage, touched and learnt about the costumes, and then followed the action on stage with personalised live-commentary through her headphones.

For as little as $34 per child, you can make sure other children like Isabella can have their own Opera House experience.  Watch the video below to learn more.


“I knew exactly what was happening on the stage!”

Five year old Isabella (pictured above) is congenitally blind.


Your gift at work

With your gift today, you can make sure other children like Isabella can have their own Opera House experience. Our Access Program helps overcome some of the barriers people may face so we can make the Opera House a place where everyone feels welcome and people can have the same inspiring experience of the performing arts that we all enjoy.

To help open the House to all, we invest in a broad range of services and experiences for children who are blind or have low vision, who are deaf or have a hearing impairment, have a disability that affects physical capacity or mobility, or have intellectual or sensory disabilities. These include:

  • Live commentary-enhanced performances for those who are blind or have low vision;
  • Live-captioned, AUSLAN-interpreted and surtitled performances for those who are deaf;
  • Assisted-listening devices, like induction hearing loops, for those with hearing impairment;
  • Supported, relaxed-performances for those with intellectual or sensory disabilities;
  • Special programs for those living with Parkinson's disease or autism;
  • Wheelchair-accessible seating; and
  • Mobility services, like accessible pick-up/drop-offs, and shuttle bus/golf buggy access.

Every gift makes a difference

Isabella is just one child whose visit to the Opera House was made possible through the support of our donors. Can you help us reach more? For as little as $34 per child, your gift will help provide the services needed to support a visit by children who live with disability, like Isabella.

We can’t do it without you

The Opera House is not-for-profit and we raise almost 90% of our annual costs ourselves from non-government sources. 

We are only able to offer initiatives like our Access Program through the generous gifts of people like you.

Our donors make a vital difference to helping open the Opera House to everyone. With your support and generosity we will continue to develop and deliver our Access Program that gives these children with additional needs the opportunity to come to the Opera House and to have the same quality of experience as their friends can enjoy.

Thank you

Thank you for helping to make the Opera House a place where everyone is welcome.

Contact the Philanthropy team

If you can't find the answer to your question, please contact us at or on +61 2 9250 7077 (9am - 5pm) or +61 2 9250 7777 (after hours)