Breaking the Waves

Opera in three acts

by Missy Mazzoli with libretto by Royce Vavrek
based on the film by Lars von Trier

"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 does all this with sensitivity and style."

— Zachary Woolfe, The New York Times


Coming to New York City's Prototype festival

 January 6,7, and 9

  • Underwater footage is excerpted from the film Seasoned by AnA Collaborations


Breaking the Waves stands

'among the best twenty-first-century

American operas yet.'

— David Shengold, Opera News


Breaking the Waves is "savage, heartbreaking, and thoroughly original"

—Heidi Waleson, Wall Street Journal






The most startling and moving new American opera in recent memory

—Parterre Box