Jean-Dominque Bauby is the celebrated editor of Elle magazine. Husband and father, he’s a major contributor to the cultural and intellectual scene, in Paris and throughout France.
But his life shatters when a devastating stroke leaves him paralyzed and unable to speak—“locked in” like a diver at the bottom of the sea.
Yet Bauby’s spirit is indomitable, and he finds a way—by blinking with the only muscle he can still control—to “write” a book about his extraordinary life.
Although physically incapacitated, Bauby has a brilliant mind that can wander and fly like a butterfly, freeing him to travel through time and space where nothing is impossible.
Confronted with the brutal reality of his condition, Jean-Dominique Bauby must find meaning in what remains. Ultimately, it is his love for his family and his love for life itself, which allows him to persist. As he employs his powerful imagination and reflects on the life he has lived, he finds the strength to leave a lasting and meaningful legacy for those he loved.
Experience a remarkable operatic journey inspired by Jean-Dominque’s poetic memoir—an international bestseller that inspired an award-winning film at Cannes.
This true and moving story blooms out of the deepest human need to connect to the world and to each other. It is an unforgettable celebration of learning to value what matters most of all.
This Dallas Opera world premiere is indebted to the members of the Bauby Family, who provided invaluable support and generously shared their insights and memories.
Sung in English with English SupertitlesPG