LA Opera to Stream ‘Breaking the Waves’

By Nicolas Quiroga

The Los Angeles Opera will co-present, in collaboration with Opera Philadelphia, an online broadcast of Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek’s “Breaking the Waves.”

“Breaking the Waves” will be available for free through the LA Opera’s streaming platform, first for subscribers from March 12 to 18 and then to the general public from March 19 until April 12, 2021. It will also be available for subscribers to the Opera Philadelphia channel.

The recording of the opera was made during a world premiere run in 2016, which was directed by James Darrah, who worked on a remastering for this release, which included color correction by cinematographer and colorist Michael Thomas, as well as sound remastering by George Blood.

The opera stars Soprano Kiera Duffy stars as Bess with baritone John Moore as Jan. Other cast members include Patricia Schuman, Eve Gigliotti, David Portillo, Zachary James,  Marcus DeLoach. Steven Osgood conducts.

“It was heartbreaking to lose the opportunity to produce the estimable Missy Mazzoli’s ‘Breaking the Waves’ on our stage this year, but I’m delighted that our partnership with Opera Philadelphia will enable our audiences to experience this extraordinary piece in its celebrated world premiere production,” said Christopher Koelsch, LA Opera’s Sebastian Paul and Marybelle Musco President and CEO in a press release. “As we look forward to the reopening of our theater—with the safety of our audiences, artists and staff as our greatest priority—our fundamental commitment to the operas of our own time continues undaunted, as does our mission to connect our audiences with deeply meaningful opera experiences, even while our stage remains temporarily dark.”