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Bühnenbild Rigoletto, Seebühne (c) Lisa Mathis / Bregenzer Festspiele

Bregenz Festival 2019

The Bregenz Festival attract international attention

Summer 2019
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 2019 Bregenz Festival runs from July 17 to August 18 August 2019.

Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece – compelling, blood-curdling and beautiful – is being performed for the first time on the Bregenz lake stage.

The stage director and designer Philipp Stölzl will highlight 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.

If opera is theatre, and it certainly should be, then this big-audience production serves it brilliantly. […]

The Telegraph –
Don Quichotte by Jules Massenet in the Festival House

The “knight of the sad countenance” has for centuries been one of the most fascinating characters in world literature. His generosity, morality and also imagination have impressed and inspired a variety of artists. Don Quixote’s tilting against windmills – which he imagines to be fearsome giants – has become emblematic of his identity.

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. Guest performances by Berlin’s Maxim Gorki Theater puts spoken theatre back on the playbill of the summer festival.

The 80 events of the 2019 season also include a host of concerts and the young people’s programme crossculture.

Livecam Seebühne, Bregenzer Festspiele, Bodensee

Livecam Lake Stage, Bregenz Festival, Lake Constance


  • Opera Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi
    Lake Stage
    Premier 17 July 2019, 9.15 p.m
    26 Performances until 18 August

  • Tickets
    ickets for the entire festival programme:
    Online Tickets 2019

  • 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
    +43 (5574) 4076


Bregenz Festival, Lake Constance