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Video streamed event and on demand: Breaking the Waves

Watch online on www.operaphila.orgOpera PhiladelphiaRecorded at Opera Philadelphia Channel, Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Friday 12 March 202120:00
On demand until Monday 31 May 2021 23:59
Opera Philadelphia
Steven OsgoodConductor
James DarrahDirector
Adam RiggSet Designer
Chrisi KarvonidesCostume Designer
Pablo SantiagoLighting Designer
Kiera DuffySopranoBess McNeill
John Michael MooreBassJan Nyman
Eve GigliottiMezzo-sopranoDodo McNeill
Patricia SchumanSopranoBess' Mother
David PortilloTenorDr Richardson
Zachary JamesBaritoneTerry
Marcus DeLoachBaritoneChurch Councilman
Opera Philadelphia Orchestra
Opera Philadelphia Chorus
Elizabeth BradenChoirmaster / chorus director

Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek's popular 2016 World Premiere production of Breaking the Waves, winner of the inaugural Best New Opera award from the Music Critics Association of North America, comes to the Opera Philadelphia Channel in an uncensored and remastered release from director James Darrah, with enhanced audio and video, presented in partnership with LA Opera.

Breaking the Waves is based on the 1996 Academy Award-nominated film by Lars von Trier. Set in the Scottish Highlands in the early 1970s, Breaking the Waves tells the story of Bess McNeill, a religious young woman with a deep love for her husband Jan, a handsome oil rig worker. When Jan becomes paralyzed in an off-shore accident, Bess’s marital vows are put to the test as he encourages her to seek other lovers and return to his bedside to tell him of her sexual activities. He insists that the stories will feel like they are making love together and keep him alive. Bess’s increasing selflessness leads to a finale of divine grace, but at great cost.

Breaking the Waves is included as part of the Season Pass.

This broadcast contains violence, strong language, sexual situations, and partial nudity. Recommended for mature audiences.

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