Sung in English with projected English text
Mature content. Audience discretion advised.
2 hours and 29 minutes
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Breaking the Waves
How far will you go for love
Based on the Lars von Trier film, HGO presents a daring new production of Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek’s Breaking the Waves, an opera that has been hailed as “extraordinarily gutsy and spinetingling” (The Times) and “operatic gold” (The Scotsman). This tragic story follows Bess, a woman in a deeply religious town in the Scottish Highlands. Her marriage to Jan, a charismatic outsider, tests the limits of their insular society when a tragic accident leaves him paralyzed. Faced with unfathomable consequences, Bess must choose between her husband, her community, and her faith.
HGO Studio alumna Lauren Snouffer stars as the conflicted heroine Bess with Alexander Birch Elliott as her husband Jan. Nicole Paiement makes her HGO debut at the podium.
|Jan||Alexander Birch Elliott|
|Dr. Richardson||Nicholas Phan|
|Set & Costume Designer||Soutra Gilmour|
|Lighting Designer||Richard Howell|
|Projection Designer||Will Duke|
|Sound Designer||Jon Nicholls|
Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Richard Bado, Chorus Master
The Sarah and Ernest Butler Chorus Master Chair
A co-production with Scottish Opera, Opera Ventures in association with Bristol Old Vic
Robin Angly and Miles Smith
Drs. Liz Grimm and Jack Roth
Sara and Gabriel Loperena