The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

The Dallas Opera Presents

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly


November 3 – 11, 2023

Winspear Opera House

2403 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201


A true story of strength, determination, and the desire for connection

Journalist Jean-Dominique Bauby awakes from a coma unable to move or speak, “locked-in” like a diver at the bottom of the sea. But his mind is as brilliant as ever, and with the help of his assistant, he creates his memoir—an extraordinary story of strength and imagination. This world premiere production from the composer of Everest will capture your heart from the first note.

Grammy® Award winner Lucas Meachem returns to Dallas in a world premiere debut, leading a staggering cast of opera powerhouses. Sasha Cooke lends her vocal “lushness” (San Francisco Chronicle) to the striking true story, along with Andriana Chuchman’s “glorious sound.” (The Washington Post)

A new production from The Dallas Opera

Composed by Joby Talbot to a Libretto by Gene Scheer, Directed by Leonard Foglia

Sung in English with English Titles
Approximate run time is 1 hour and 50 minutes including one 20-minute intermission.

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