Bregenz Festival: a month of culture and music – Vindobona.org


The undisputed highlight of the Austrian summer of festivals, along with the Salzburg Festival, is the Bregenz Festival. This year it offers many national but also international guests five weeks full of music and theater and aims to inspire its guests with a varied musical program.

The festival is known for the beauty of the natural backdrop of Lake Constance, its oversized sets, its technical tricks and its unique acoustics achieved through the Bregenz directional audition technique.

A special feature of the Bregenz Festival is its approximately 80 events, which aim to impress their audience with spectacularly staged classics on the one hand, but also with rarely performed and experimental works. In addition, there are small and large concerts every year.

This year, the drama “Madame Butterfly” by Giacomo Puccini will be performed for the first time on the lake stage. The musical direction of this popular piece will be taken over by conductor Enrique Mazzola, who was also responsible for the production of Rigoletto last year. Director Andreas Homoki, Artistic Director of the Zurich Opera, brings with him an internationally acclaimed team that conjures up Japanese flair on Lake Constance with delicate landscape paintings in Michael Levine’s magical scenography.

For the performance of Giacomo Puccini’s masterpiece, the lake scene is once again spectacularly transformed: a huge sheet of paper weighing 300 tons becomes the setting for the story with colorful costumes and enchanting paintings.

A love story with a tragic ending is also on the program of the Festspielhaus: in “Siberia” by Umberto Giordano, the courtesan Stephana sacrifices her previous life to follow her great love Vassili in the Siberian prison camp. Indeed, with fascinating Russian sounds and an impressive chorus, Giordano depicts his unshakeable struggle against the injustice of a hopeless situation.

With the world premiere of the musical theater work “Melencolia” by Brigitta Muntendorf and Moritz Lobeck and the Austrian premiere of the opera “Captain Nemo’s Library” by Johannes Kalitzke, staged with puppets, completely new works are also in the program.

This summer, two operas will be performed by young singers in the opera studio: “The Italian in Algiers” by Gioachino Rossini and “Armida” by Joseph Haydn. Young musicians will also be able to show what they can do at orchestra concerts – Andrés Orozco-Estrada, principal conductor of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, will lead the new Orchestra Academy in Bregenz.

Tickets for the Festival can be purchased on the organizer’s website: https://bregenzerfestspiele.com/en

Bregenz Festival – Bregenzer Festspiele


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