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Breaking the Waves Audio On-Demand

The following recording was made during a live performance of Breaking the Waves on Thursday, September 29, 2016, the penultimate performance in its World Premiere run at Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. This chamber opera by composer Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek is based on the 1996 Academy Award-nominated film by Lars von Trier. Support for the Breaking the Waves audio stream has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

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This production includes explicit language and sexual content. Recommended for mature audiences only. 

MapPerelman Theater

Dates are Sept. - Oct. 2016.

Thu, Sep 22 7:30 p.m.
Sat, Sep 24 2:30 p.m.
Tue, Sep 27 7:30 p.m.
Thu, Sep 29 7:30 p.m.
Sat, Oct 1 8:00 p.m.

Approximately two hours and 29 minutes including one 20-minute intermission


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Major support for Breaking the Waves has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, the William Penn Foundation, and the Wyncote Foundation at the recommendation of Daniel K. Meyer, M.D. Additional support is provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, and OPERA America's Opera Grants for Female Composers program, supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. Additional commissioning support by: Allen Freedman and Judith Brick Freedman; Chris Ahearn and Marla Mayer. 

Based on the film by Lars von Trier (Zentropa Entertainments3) 
By arrangement with G. Schirmer, Inc., publisher and copyright owner 
Co-commission with Beth Morrison Projects

Opera Philadelphia deeply values the talented members of the following local unions who have made this free audio stream possible: American Guild of Musical Artists, American Federation of Musicians, Local 77, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States (IATSE), IATSE Local 8, IATSE Local 799, IATSE Local 829, and Teamsters Local 107.