An iconic film. An unforgettable opera. Now streaming as a unique online experience.
Breaking the Waves concluded streaming on April 12th. We hope you enjoyed the performance.
Presented digitally through the LA Opera On Now initiative, this compelling adaptation of Lars Von Trierʼs 1996 cinematic masterpiece reaches audiences through an incredibly emotional filmed performance. After a near-fatal accident leaves Bessʼs new husband, Jan, paralyzed, he implores her to take lovers. Torn between her husbandʼs wishes and the traditional values of her small community and her church, she determinedly follows her faith to a tragic end.
Winner of the 2017 award for “Best New Opera” by the Music Critics Association of North America, groundbreaking composer Missy Mazzoli's first large-scale opera is already recognized as one of the most powerful music-theater pieces of our time.
"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."
Read the synopsis
An Opera Philadelphia Digital Production co-presented with LA Opera
This production includes explicit language, nudity and sexual content, some of a violent nature. Recommended for mature audiences only.
Running time: approximately two hours, 10 minutes. Performed in English with subtitles
Co-commissioned by Opera Philadelphia and Beth Morrison Projects
This project is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts
and a consortium of donors to LA Opera’s Contemporary Opera Initiative,
chaired by Barry and Nancy Sanders.