Synesthesia: Braille and Large-Print Opera Libretti Match the Met’s Broadcasts by Yvonne French

Opera lovers who are blind or have low vision and want to get materials to complement live radio broadcasts from The Metropolitan Opera can do so with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS).


The librettos and recordings are from the NLS Music Section, which provides them free of charge to qualified individuals. To sign up for the braille and large print music and instructional recordings, e-mail [email protected], call 800-424-8567, or visit

The Metropolitan Opera’s Saturday broadcasts are listed at and can be heard on the radio stations listed at

Here is a list of upcoming live broadcasts and their associated materials from the NLS Music Section:

 March 15, 1:00 p.m.

werther_nugWerther (Massenet)
recorded materials: DBM 802, 3432


 March 22, 1:00 p.m.

wozzeck_nugWozzeck (Berg)
braille libretto:  BRM 30057; recorded materials: DBM 787, 1314, 1605

March 29, 1:00 p.m.

sonnambula_nugLa Sonnambula (Bellini)
braille libretto: BRM 26044; recorded materials: DBM 1386, 1577


April 5, 1:00 p.m.

boheme_nugLa Bohème (Puccini)
braille libretto: BRM 23216, 26380; recorded materials: DBM 760, 1266, 1438
April 12, 1:00 p.m.

cheniernugAndrea Chénier (Giordano)
braille libretto: BRM 24126; 34941; recorded materials: DBM 1355, 1367, 1582
April 19, 12:00 p.m

arabella_nugArabella (Strauss)
recorded materials: DBM 1333, CBM 1712

April 26, 1:00 p.m.

Così fan tutte (Mozart)
braille libretto: BRM 24149, 30063; recorded materials: DBM 1297, 1587, 1690, 3414

May 3, 1:00 p.m.

I Puritani (Bellini)
braille libretto: BRM 34101; recorded materials: DBM 1380, 1575

May 10, 1:00 p.m.

La Cenerentola (Rossini)
large print libretto: LPM 585; recorded materials: CBM 1549, DBM 1341, 1549


Editor’s note:  Yvonne French is the webmaster for the National Library Service.


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