Photo by Marylene Mey

Photo by Marylene Mey




Breaking the Waves shortlisted for international Opera Award

Breaking the Waves "stands among the best 21st-century American operas yet." -David Shengold, Opera News


It is not easy to find new operas that command attention, tell their story lucidly, and create a powerful, permeating mood. Dark and daring, "Breaking the Waves" all this with sensitivity and style. -Zachary Woolfe, The New York Times  


"a powerful, fully realized, artistically significant piece...if you believe the only depressing art is bad art, Breaking the Waves is exhilarating." - David Patrick Stearns, Philadelphia Inquirer


"The most startling and moving new American Opera in memory"- Albert Innaurata, Parterre Box


Missy talks about "Breaking the Waves" on NPR


Missy Mazzoli's "Breaking the Waves" s savage, heartbreaking, and thoroughly original"- Heidi Waleson, Wall Street Journal 

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Missy Mazzoli’s opera Breaking the Waves “among the best 21st-century American operas yet” - Opera News, September 23, 2016

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Promotional Video For Breaking the Waves

Philly Style Magazine Previews "Breaking the Waves,"Spills Secrets About Missy's Childhood


World Premiere of Ecstatic Science, new work for yMusic, in Sydney Australia 

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Missy Mazzoli’s opera Breaking the Waves part of the Guggenheim Museum’s fall season, along with works by Pharrell Williams, Jonah Bokaer, Kate Weare and many others

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May 2016: Song from the Uproar Receives Rave Reviews in Milwaukee Production

“a striking musical/visual rendering” of Isabelle Eberhardt’s life - read the full review in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Opera Philadelphia announces Missy’s new opera commission Breaking the Waves

Read all about it HERE and check out a preview video and an interview with Missy, librettist Royce Vavrek, and director James Darrah below.

Missy Mazzoli and violinist Olivia De Prato perform a sold out show at the RC4 Festival, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, January 2016

Here are some great photos from their show at the RC4 Festival:

Vespers for a New Dark Age appears on many “Best of 2015” lists!

Vespers for a New Dark Age was named #37 on Q2’s “Best 50 albums of the last 20 years”, one of the top albums of 2015 by WNYC’s John SchaeferSteve Smith of the Boston Globe, and Textura, and was used in dance pieces by choreographers Robert Binet (National Ballet of Canada) and Kitty MacNamee.  Check out Kitty’s piece here, directly from the streets of LA.

THANK YOU TO MY AMAZING COLLABORATORS VICTOIRE (Olivia De Prato, Eileen Mack, Lorna Krier, and Eleonore Oppenheim), GLENN KOTCHE, VOCALISTS Mellissa Hughes, Martha Cluver and Virginia Kelsey, MATTHEW ZAPRUDER, and a special thank you to Jeremy Geffen and everyone at CARNEGIE HALL for commissioning the work, and all of our Kickstarter donors for making the album possible.


Performed by acclaimed chamber ensemble eighth blackbird.

An excerpt from Missy's 2012 music theater work Song from the Uproar, based on the life and writings of Swiss adventurer Isabelle Eberhardt. Performed by mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer and NOW Ensemble.

Performed by Missy's band Victoire, with soprano Mellissa Hughes. (from their debut release on New Amsterdam Records, Cathedral City)

Performed by Jody Redhage, on cello and voice, and Missy Mazzoli on electronics.