Missy Mazzoli
“Brooklyn’s post-millennial Mozart”
—Time Out New York
Jun 26—Jun 30, 2020
 
Breaking the Waves
Opera
Breaking the Waves
Opera Ventures/Scottish Opera
Composed by Missy Mazzoli
Libretto by Royce Vavrek
Conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Directed by Tom Morris
The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
The Chorus of Scottish Opera

BAM DEBUT

 
“The 21st Century’s Gatecrasher of New Classical Music”
NPR
Composer Missy Mazzoli has arrived. Growing up in small-town Pennsylvania, she taught tap dance to children and eventually found herself taking lessons in composition from a percussionist with the Philly Pops. Three operas later and a Grammy under her belt, Mazzoli recently made history when she became one of the first of two women composers to be commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera.
This season, BAM presents Mazzoli’s “dark and daring” (The New York Times) reimagining of Lars von Trier’s Breaking the Waves, the tale of Bess McNeill, a woman besieged by tragedy and the contradictions of the disparate figures in her life. Set in the remote Scottish Highlands, Mazzoli’s textured original score is a nuanced, intensely personal, and ultimately feminist take on Bess’ moral plight. What does it mean to be good when your agency is taken away from you?
 

Design by Soutra Gilmour
Lighting design by Richard Howell
Projection design by Will Duke
Sound design by Jon Nicholls

The production is a co-production of Opera Ventures, Scottish Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Adelaide Festival and Théâtre national de l’Opéra Comique

 
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Tue Feb 04
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Tue Feb 11
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Note: In English with English titles. Explicit language and sexual content
 
RUN TIME
Approx 3hrs with 2 intermissions
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Leadership support for Breaking the Waves provided by Robert L. Turner

 

Leadership support for programming in the Howard Gilman Opera House provided by:

Howard Gilman

 

Leadership support for opera at BAM provided by Aashish & Dinyar Devitre

 

 

Major support for Breaking the Waves provided by Arthur F. & Alice E. Adams Charitable Foundation; The Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts; and Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation

 

Major support for Scandinavian programs at BAM provided by the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation

 

Major support for opera at BAM provided by Sarah Billinghurst & Howard Solomon

Major support for opera at BAM provided by Sarah Billinghurst & Howard Solomon

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