March 26, 2023 4:14 pm

On January 23, 2020, The Dallas Opera hosted a season announcement occasion, introducing the ill-fated 2020-2021 season such as the globe premiere of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. Extra than 3 years later, Dallas opera lovers will ultimately get to see the new operate at the Winspear Opera Home as a element of The Dallas Opera’s 2023-2024 season.

The opera is primarily based on the memoir of French Elle editor-in-chief, Jean-Dominique Bauby, who suffered a uncommon stroke that left him paralyzed and unable to speak. Despite the fact that Bauby could only communicate by blinking, he managed to make a memoir that communicated his passion for life even as he was trapped in his personal physique.

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is the outstanding accurate story of a man whose determination leads to a single of the most poignant memoirs ever written. We are honored to bring this story to our stage for the initial time anyplace,” stated Ian Derrer, The Dallas Opera’s Common Director and CEO.

The globe premiere operate reunites the inventive group of Everest, an additional Dallas Opera globe premiere. Librettist Gene Scheer and composer Jody Talbot attended the 2020 announcement occasion and talked about producing this emotional opera.

“Working with Gene is just so extraordinary. Gene is so extremely knowledgeable. He knows opera from just about every angle. He’s a singer, he’s a composer in his personal suitable and extremely couple of men and women in the globe know how to construct a libretto as nicely as Gene does, if anyone,” Talbot stated.

“I consider what we’ve come up with is some thing that will surprise you and win your hearts,” Scheer stated.

Talbot explained how the magic of opera makes it possible for the story of a  paralyzed primary character to be told totally.

“Of course, the a single issue with opera is you can break with standard approaches of storytelling,” Talbot stated. “It’s a extremely complex, non-linear story which we hope will be a deeply uplifting and spiritually awakening sort of expertise.”

Scheer spent a important quantity of time with Bauby’s family members and visited the nurses who cared for Bauby.

“I had this amazing chance to hear initial-hand from the family members and get to know not just the story that is depicted in the book, but the story of this guy’s life. There’s going to be a lot of new information and facts that is woven into the opera that you do not know from the book,” Scheer stated.

The Dallas Opera’s Music Director Emmanuel Villaume will conduct The Dallas Opera Orchestra for the production when it debuts November three -11. 

“To conduct a globe premiere production as inspiring as The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is an extraordinary and uncommon chance,” Villaume stated. “It is vital to give our audiences new and fascinating pieces, though also remembering the music we know and enjoy. I come across it just as thrilling to revisit these productions, as I do immersing myself into a new score. This season has it all and we can not wait to make music in the Winspear as soon as once more.”

Elektra is back at The Dallas Opera for the initial time in more than 25 years.

The Mainstage Season will open with the Cincinnati Opera’s production of  Puccini’s Tosca, operating October 13 -21. R. Strauss’ Elektra returns to the opera firm for only the second time in firm history, final performed more than 25 years ago. Elektra will run February 9 -17. A co-production involving The Dallas Opera, Houston Grand Opera and The Atlanta Opera of Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet with the Dallas Opera debuts of tenor Long Lengthy and soprano Golda Schultz rounds out the season, operating March 1-9.

The final functionality of every single Mainstage Season production will be reside-streamed exclusively on www.thedallasopera.Television on a spend-what-you-can basis with a $9.99 minimum ticket price tag.

“In an fascinating continuation from final season, we will reside stream the final functionality of all 4 mainstage productions,” Derrer stated. “Our commitment to bringing globe-class opera to audiences, wherever they could be, is as powerful as ever. Producing these performances offered on a spend-what-you are-in a position basis keeps our artform accessible to all viewers.”

Two family members shows are also element of The Dallas Opera’s offerings. Performed at the Winspear Opera Home, the shows are created for audiences aged three and up, are sung in English, and are below 60 minutes in duration. The Billy Goats Gruff will be performed with piano accompaniment on October 14 and March ten. Pépito will be performed with The Dallas Opera Orchestra on November 12 and March two. 

The Billy Goats Gruff is a single of two family members shows at The Dallas Opera this season.

Particular annual events consist of the Robert E. and Jean Ann Titus Household Recital, featuring opera superstar Lawrence Brownlee on January 21 at the Moody Functionality Hall The People’s Decision Concert, a cost-free, season-opening neighborhood concert on October 7 the National Vocal Competitors on March eight and The Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Ladies Conductors Showcase Concert on January 28.

Subscription renewals for the 2023/2024 Season are offered now with new subscriptions offered beginning April 19. Subscription packages start off at $89 for all 4 operas, with family members shows and the Titus Recital offered as add-ons just before single tickets go on sale on July 21.

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