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Sound worlds at Lake Constance

Bregenz Festival 2021: 21 July - 22 August

Summer of Culture
in Vorarlberg

Great Opera on the Lake Stage

Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi

The lake-stage in Bregenz is a venue for theatrical spectaculars

RigolettoThe court jester Rigoletto jokes about the licentious ways of his master the duke, whom he actively supports in his various conquests.

The Bregenz Festival runs from July 21 to August 22 August 2021. Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece – compelling, blood-curdling and beautiful – returns for a further 28 performances on the lake stage.

The stage director and designer Philipp Stölzl highlights the striking contrasts between spectacle and intimate chamber drama in his production of Verdi’s opera. Alongside the circus-like palace festivities, the daring abduction and the terrifying storm at night there are moving scenes between father and daughter, and between Gilda and the duke.

The chance to direct opera on the lake stage is the fulfilment of a long cherished dream for Stölzl. He made a name for himself with music videos for the German band Rammstein, and has gone on to make movies, creating breathtaking scenes in North FaceThe Physician and most recently Winnetou. As an opera director he has staged successful productions at the Salzburg Festival, Theater an der Wien and the Staatsoper in Berlin and Dresden.


The biggest spectacle on the lake for years […]

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Seebühne Rigoletto, Bregenzer Festspiele, Pressetag (c) cs / Vorarlberg Tourismus GmbH
Rigoletto Backstage
Opera NERO by Arrigo Boito in the Festival House

On 21 July 2021, Arrigo Boito’s opera Nero (Nerone) will bring one of the most notorious historical figures to the stage of the Festspielhaus Bregenz: the Roman Emperor Nero. In Arrigo Boito’s opulent opera he appears as a dazzling figure. It was only after Boito’s death that the work was put into a performable version under the direction of conductor Arturo Toscanini and premiered at La Scala in Milan in 1924. At the Bregenz Festival, the opera will be staged by Olivier Tambosi. At the podium of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra is Dirk Kaftan, who also made his debut at the Bregenz Festival in 2016 on the Werkstattbühne.

Further programme

Orchestral concerts 
The Wiener Symphoniker (Vienna Symphony Orchestra) has travelled to Bregenz every summer since the festival was founded in 1946. In its anniversary year, the top orchestra presents epochal works with Joseph Haydn’s Die Schöpfung and Richard Wagner’s Das Rheingold, the latter in a semi-staged version by director Johannes Erath. Both festive concerts will be conducted by the new chief conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada.

Leo McFall – the new conductor of the Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg (Symphony Orchestra Vorarlberg) – will present himself at the Bregenz Festival, among others with the latest orchestral work by Thomas Larcher, who received the Grand Austrian State Prize in 2019.

Musik & Poesie
Once again, chamber music and literature open up surprising perspectives on the diversity of the festival programme. On three evenings, the popular Musik & Poesie (Music & Poetry) series invites you to the Seestudio – as always with the participation of artists from other programme series of the coming season.

Livecam Seebühne, Bregenzer Festspiele, Bodensee

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  • Opera Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi
    Lake Stage
    Premier 21 July 2021, 9.15 p.m
    28 Performances until 22 August

  • Tickets for 2021
    Tickets for the entire festival programme:
    Online Tickets 2021

  • Tipp:
    The Bregenzerwald tourist office is offering various festival packages which include the festival tickets and overnights at an accommodation of your choice.

  • Contact
    Platz der Wiener Symphoniker 1 | 6900 Bregenz
    Bregenz Festival
    tel: +43 (5574) 4076


Bregenz Festival, Lake Constance