Breaking The Waves

Music by Missy Mazzoli
Libretto by Royce Vavrek
Approximate run time: 180 minutes with intermission

Contains sexual situations not suitable for children


Based on a film by Lars von Trier, Breaking the Waves tells the story of Bess McNeill, a young woman living in a small, austere Calvinist town. She is torn between her passion for her injured husband and the strict expectations of her community in this exploration of faith and agency.

Breaking the Waves is the winner of the 2017 Music Critics Association of North America award for Best New Opera and was nominated for Best World Premiere at the 2017 International Opera Awards. 

Breaking the Waves stands among the best twenty first century American operas yet.
— David¬†Shengold, Opera News
Breaking the Waves is savage, heartbreaking and thoroughly original
— Heidi¬†Waleson, Wall Street Journal
The most startling and moving new American opera in recent memory
— Parterre Box


Saturday, August 10 - 8:30pm
Friday, August 16 - 8:30pm
Sunday, August 18 - 3:00pm



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