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Breaking the Waves

West Edge Opera

West Edge Opera Breaking the Waves

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.

  • Venue: The Bridge Yard
  • Date: Sun August 18, 2019 3:00pm
  • City: Oakland, CA
  • Price Range: $19-$145
Additional Dates:
Sat August 10, 2019 8:30pm
The Bridge Yard
Fri August 16, 2019 8:30pm
The Bridge Yard

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Missy Mazzoli

Breaking the Waves


Sara LeMesh

Bess McNeill

Kindra Scharich

Dodo McNeill

Alex Boyer

Dr. Richardson

Kristin Clayton

Mrs. McNeill