Talbot & Scheer

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Aug 1 - Sep 30

Enjoy this mainstage rebroadcast of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly from Thursday 8/1/2024 7:00 PM CST until Monday 9/30/2024 11:59 PM CST!


Experience this world-renowned true story for the first time as an opera.

“Visually dazzling”—The Dallas Morning News

Grammy Award–winning baritone, Lucas Meachem, stars as journalist Jean-Dominique Bauby who awakes from a coma unable to move or speak, “locked-in” like a diver at the bottom of the sea. With a mind as brilliant as ever, he writes a best-selling memoir dedicated to his children, blink by blink, with the only part of his body that he can move—his eye.

 Like the memoir, the opera scenes move from his memories before the stroke, to his daily life being hospitalized in Berck-sur-Mer, and the flights of his remarkable imagination. The music for this inspiring story will capture your heart from the first note, composed by Joby Talbot, who wrote the film scores for Sing 2 and the soon-to-be released, Wonka.

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) »See full cast

 A new production from The Dallas Opera

Photo Credit:  Kyle Flubacker