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Breaking the Waves
PREMIERE9/22/2016
COMPOSERMissy Mazzoli   
LIBRETTISTRoyce Vavrek   
 
Synopsis
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.
MOST PRODUCED SINCE 2000
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This work ranks as the #83 most produced North American title since 2000.

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