Breaking the Waves is a wrenching moral drama about a woman's twisted bargain with God. Based on Lars von Trier's controversial film, US composer Missy Mazzoli's opera won the 2017 Best New Opera Award at the Music Critics Association of North America and was shortlisted the same year for an International Opera Award. In a strict Calvinist community on the Scottish coast, Bess McNeill marries the man she loves: Norwegian rig worker Jan Nyman. Bess's prayers for his return from working off-shore are cruelly answered when he is incapacitated in a horrific accident. Frail and vulnerable, Jan encourages his wife to seek other lovers and recount these liaisons to him. He insists these stories feel like they are making love together and keep him alive. Encouraged, Bess seeks a series of increasingly radical sexual encounters, putting herself in extreme danger. European Premiere. Performed in English with supertitles.


Sydney Mancasola (soprano), Duncan Rock (baritone), Wallis Giunta (mezzo-soprano)


Music: Missy Mazzoli
Company(s): Opera Ventures, Scottish Opera
Director: Tom Morris
Conductor: Stuart Stratford
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Breaking the Waves

Breaking the Waves (Opera or Operetta) production archive for QTIX code T1393613915. Details of all Breaking the Waves archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S0993701886

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21 Aug 19
24 Aug 19
King's Theatre

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