Breaking the Waves


Opera Ventures is seeking funding for its next opera project – the European premiere of an exciting new production, Breaking the Waves, by rising star Composer Missy Mazzoli.

This breath-taking and haunting piece combines lyrical and contemporary storytelling, and is one of the most critically acclaimed operas of the last decade.

Based on the 1996 Academy Award-nominated film by Lars Von Trier, Breaking the Waves is set the in Scottish Highlands and tells the story of sacrificial love. This emotional story has been adapted by American Composer Missy Mazzoli with the support of text writer Royce Vavrek.

It will be directed by world-renowned director Tom Morris OBE (English National Opera and Metropolitan Opera New York), who has received universal acclaim for his production of The Death of Klinghoffer for the English National Opera, and won a Tony Award for his Broadway production of War Horse.

A much larger production than Opera Ventures’ Greek, Breaking the Waves will blend both theatre and opera through 22 orchestral parts, nine main roles, and between 12 and 24 individuals in an all-male chorus.

You can help Opera Ventures to realise this exciting project by clicking on the button below. 

Why Breaking the Waves

Opera Ventures has chosen Breaking the Waves for its second opera production because of its outstanding score, brilliant storytelling and beautiful writing. 

Due to the emotive, powerful and informative nature of the piece, previous productions have received widespread praise, both for the quality and the emotions that the story stirs amongst its audience. 

Breaking the Waves is the ideal combination of an intriguing and captivating story, and an accessible and original score. It offers the perfect blend of theatre and opera, reaching new audiences across the globe, making opera more inclusive and accessible. 

 Photo credit: Marylene Mey

Photo credit: Marylene Mey

Missy Mazzoli

Opera Ventures is delighted to be working with Missy, a rising star as a Composer, for its next production. She has previously had roles with Opera Philadelphia, Gotham Chamber Opera and Albany Symphony.

She premiered Breaking the Waves in Philadelphia in September 2016, to great acclaim. It was described as “among the best 21st-century operas yet” (Opera News). 

You can find out more about Missy and her work here