John Moore and Kiera Duffy in Breaking the Waves. Photo by Dominic M. Mercier, courtesy of Opera Philadelphia.
The Opera Philadelphia Chorus in Breaking the Waves. Photo by Nicholas Korkos, courtesy of Opera Philadelphia.
Kiera Duffy as Bess in Breaking the Waves. Photo by Dominic M. Mercier, courtesy of Opera Philadelphia.
Opera Philadelphia presents Breaking the Waves, a new chamber opera by composer-in-residence Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek. Inspired by the 1996 film by Danish auteur Lars von Trier, the opera tells the complex, harrowing tale of Bess, a naive newlywed who has chosen to marry outside of her strict Calvinist community in coastal Scotland. The opera features a raw and sparse sound, portraying a dichotomy of dark and light through music and voice, performed by a cast of eight featured singers, a chorus, and a 15-piece chamber ensemble drawn from the Opera Philadelphia Orchestra.
This production includes explicit language and sexual content.