The remarkable film comes to the grand opera stage.
After a near-fatal accident leaves Bessʼs new husband, Jan, paralyzed, he implores her to take lovers (quite the ask). Torn between her husbandʼs wishes and the traditional values of her small community, 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, this compelling adaptation of Lars Von Trierʼs 1996 cinematic masterpiece has earned wide recognition as one of the most powerful operas of our time.
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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.