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Breaking
the Waves

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April
Friday
16
07:30 PM
April
Sunday
18
02:00 PM
April
Saturday
24
07:30 PM
April
Thursday
29
07:30 PM
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Language

Sung in English with projected English text

Age

Mature content. Audience discretion advised.

Running Time

2 hours and 29 minutes
1 intermission

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Missy Mazzoli
Royce Vavrek
Breaking the
 Waves
How far will you go for love

 

HGO Premiere

 

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.

 

 

CAST    
Bess    Lauren Snouffer
     
Jan   Alexander Birch Elliott
     
Mother   Michelle Bradley
     
Dodo   Zoie Reams
     
Dr. Richardson   Nicholas Phan
     
CREATIVE TEAM    
Conductor   Nicole Paiement
     
Director   Tom Morris
     
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

 

Production funders:

Robin Angly and Miles Smith

Drs. Liz Grimm and Jack Roth

Sara and Gabriel Loperena