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Rigoletto, Lake Stage, 2019 (c) Anja Köhler / Bregenzer Festspiele

Bregenz Festival 2020

The Bregenz Festival attract international attention

Summer 2020
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 22 to August 23 August 2020. Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece – compelling, blood-curdling and beautiful – returns for a further 27 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.

Booking for 2020 opens on 18 August 
Tickets for the 2020 festival go on sale online at 9 p.m. on 18 August 2019, the final day of this year’s season. (This does include tickets to premieres or Festival Lounge tickets). Bookings can be made by telephone from 19 August at the Ticket Center on 0043 5574 4076. The 2020 Bregenz Festival runs from 22 July to 23 August.

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

In summer 2020, the opera at the Festspielhaus will be Arrigo Boito’s Nero (Nerone). The opera, which was first staged at La Scala Milan in 1924, will premiere at Bregenz on 22 July 2020.

In between are symphonic concerts at the Festspielhaus by the world famous Wiener Symphoniker (Vienna Symphony Orchestra)  and the Lake Studio. Exotic opera can be experienced and marvelled at in totally different dimensions at the Workshop Theatre.

The 80 events of the 2020 season also include a host of concerts and the young people’s programme crossculture.

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  • Opera Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi
    Lake Stage
    Premier 23 July 2020, 9.15 p.m
    27 Performances until 23 August

  • Tickets for 2020
    Tickets for the entire festival programme:
    Online Tickets 2020

  • Hint
    The Bodensee-Vorarlberg tourist board and the Bregenzerwald tourist office are 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