Access Opera: La traviata


Matinee 3pm
Running time: 
2 hours, including a 30-minute interval

Access Opera

La Traviata: Relaxed Performance

Scottish Opera's accessible performances make coming to a favourite opera as easy and stress-free as possible – keeping the drama on stage where it belongs!

With Dementia Friendly values at their core, these shortened performances are open to all. Performed by a full cast and orchestra, they also feature a narrator to take you through the story and introduce the music from the opera. There are wheelchair spaces and extra staff on hand to help. There is also a smaller capacity to allow everyone space, and brighter lighting levels in the auditorium, giving you the flexibility and freedom to move about as required.

Whether you’re living with dementia or Long COVID, more comfortable at a shorter show, struggling to get to evening performances, or would simply benefit from the relaxed atmosphere, you can enjoy everything opera has to offer.

More about the show...

Violetta Valéry lives on borrowed time. In Paris’ hedonistic high society, she squeezes each day for its joys before her illness catches up with her. Happiness seems possible when the idealistic young Alfredo offers true love – but her past has exacted a price.

Giuseppe Verdi’s devastating tragedy has inspired countless retellings, including cult favourite films Pretty Woman and Moulin Rouge!

In his passionate, gripping, and startlingly intimate Belle Époque production, Sir David McVicar (Il trittico, Falstaff, Pelléas et Mélisande) gets to the love and loss at the core of this doomed love affair.

What makes an Access Scottish Opera Performance...

• Maximum running time of 2 hours, including a 30-minute interval
• Afternoon start times for easier travel
• Welcoming front-of-house staff who have undergone training provided by Alzheimer Scotland
• Doors open 45 minutes before the start, allowing time to get settled in
• Wheelchair spaces and extra staff on hand to help if you want to transfer
• Brighter lighting levels in the auditorium
• No need to keep quiet or sit still; you can come in and out of the auditorium during the show
• Lower capacity to allow everyone extra space
• Quiet areas available if you need to take a break
• Audio description available 

Tickets from £10.00*

*Ticket price includes a contribution to the theatre development fund which pays for the restoration and upkeep of our theatres. A £1.50 handling charge will be added if you require postage for your tickets.


  • Fri 14 Jun 3:00 PM AD

    Audio Description Available

    An additional audio track for audiences with sight loss, explaining what’s happening on screen or on stage during gaps in the dialogue and sound effects.


    Relaxed Environment

    Characterised by increased lighting level, reduced sound level, no trailers/advertising and freedom to move around/make noise, relaxed environment presentations are for children and adults on the autism spectrum or with learning disabilities, and their families, friends and carers.


Capital Theatres aim to be accessible to all.

We are committed to making your visit to our theatres as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. All of our Front of House staff undergo disability awareness training and Dementia Friend Training and will be pleased to assist you should you require any information or help. 

Essential Carers go free - please phone the Box Office during Mon to Sat, 11am - 3pm on 0131 529 6000, or email to book.

Find more information about access to the Festival Theatre.

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