Houston Grand Opera performs Breaking the Waves in Houston, TX

April 16April 29, 2021

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 is 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 the 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 Elliot as her husband Jan. Nicole Paiement makes her HGO debut at the podium.

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