A groundbreaking premiere by Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek, lauded by fans and critics on both sides of the Atlantic
In an isolated Scottish village by the sea, naïve Bess is passionately devoted to her adoring new husband Jan, a handsome outsider who works on an oil rig. After he becomes paralyzed in a near-fatal accident, he implores her to take other lovers so that he can experience her lovemaking vicariously. In a crisis of faith, she prays for guidance. When God answers, she must decipher for herself what it means to be a faithful wife.
This breakout work by composer Missy Mazzoli (hailed as “Brooklyn’s postmillennial Mozart” by Time Out New York) and librettist Royce Vavrek has earned recognition as one of the most powerful operas of our time. LAO Resident Conductor Grant Gershon, who can "do no wrong in the pit" (Opera Today) leads this exciting premiere.
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"It is not easy to find new operas that command attention, tell their story lucidly and create a powerful, permeating mood. Dark and daring, Breaking the Waves does all this with sensitivity and style."
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Performed in English with subtitles
Production from Opera Philadelphia
Co-commissioned by Opera Philadelphia and Beth Morrison Projects
Running time approx: 2 hours, 30 minutes, with one intermission
This production includes explicit language, nudity, and sexual content, some of a violent nature. Recommended for mature audiences only.