Breaking the Waves

Presented by West Edge Opera


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.

City: Oakland
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Program Items

Missy Mazzoli Breaking the Waves


Sara LeMesh Bess McNeill
Wes Mason Jan Nyman
Kindra Scharich Dodo McNeill
Alex Boyer Dr. Richardson
Kristin Clayton Mrs. McNeill
Brandon Bell Terry

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