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Breaking the Waves

Composer: Missy Mazzoli
Librettist: Royce Vavrek
Company: Detroit Opera

Performance Dates
Saturday, April 06, 2024
Friday, April 12, 2024
Sunday, April 14, 2024 Matinee


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.

Detroit Opera