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Breaking the Waves

13 Mar 2020 - 15 Mar 2020
Next Occurrence : 13 Mar 2020
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Price from $40


Fresh from its European premiere season at the 2019 Edinburgh International Festival comes the Adelaide Festival exclusive season of Missy Mazzoli’s Breaking the Waves, one of the most sensational operas of recent years.

Based on Lars von Trier’s devastating but unforgettable 1996 film, this new production by Tom Morris (War Horse) returns us to its insular, Calvinist community of 1970s Scotland. Its heroine Bess – a troubled, anti-Joan of Arc bursting out of a repressive patriarchy via a bizarre pact with God – is a formidable creation performed by brilliant soprano Sydney Mancasola. It’s fertile operatic ground as the themes of sex, religious piety, sacrifice and madness are harnessed by a composer with the skills to plough it. Dubbed “Brooklyn’s post-millennial Mozart”, Mazzoli writes from the heart: richly textured music that takes the complexities of the film and creates grand, dark, gripping opera replete with arias, choruses, set pieces and impressive orchestral interludes.

With the full original cast, along with the orchestra and chorus of Scottish Opera, this is a must-see for opera, music and theatre lovers alike.


From $ 40 to $ 189


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    Non Smoking
    Public Toilet

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    Suitable for guests who depend on the use of a wheelchair in a seated position at all times.
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