In the midst of an enchanting landscape, the Bregenz Festival presents top-class art in the open air.
Come and enjoy the unforgettable operatic performances and superb concerts in the Festival Hall; the bold modern workshop theatricals, and the moving literary gems in the Vorarlberg Regional Theatre.
With more than eighty performances during the months of July and August, this summer festival attracts more than 200,000 visitors to the area between Lake Constance and the Alps, the international region where three countries meet. Artistic aspirations combined with a passion for the exceptional ensure that your time on the lake is truly magical.
The court jester Rigoletto jokes about the licentious ways of his master the duke, whom he actively supports in his various conquests. His laughter incenses Monterone, whose daughter has been dishonoured by the duke, and it sticks in his throat when Monterone curses him. Without realising it, Rigoletto becomes an accomplice in the kidnapping of his own daughter Gilda, whom he protectively keeps confined to the house. She sees the duke's advances as a chance to escape from her father's custody. Rigoletto engages a murderer to put an end once and for all to the duke's egotistical philandering. But when Rigoletto is about to throw the shrouded body into the water, he hears the duke singing his cynical credo "La donna è mobile" and fears for his daughter's life …
Premiere 17 July 2019 - 9.15 p.m.
Guided tours behind the scenes
Fancy a peep at what goes on behind the scenes at this great cultural centre? A 50 minute guided tour will introduce you to the beating heart of the theatre. Take a look at the technology involved in the "floating" stage, and learn about the Festival Hall and its current productions.
Tickets may be booked by phoning +43 5574 407 6 or directly at the box office.
Tours are held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 27th May to 15th July at 16.00 for those wishing to participate.
From 17th July to 18th August tours are held daily at 10.30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30 and 15:30.
The first Bregenz Festival week took place just one year after the end of the Second World War. It was held on a pair of gravel barges - one for the stage and the scenery of Mozart's early work "Bastien et Bastienne", the other for the orchestra.
Visitors from Austria, Germany, Switzerland and France ensured that, even in its very first year, the Festival was a truly international affair. The Vienna Symphony Orchestra was involved from the very beginning and has been largely responsible for the successful development of the Festival right through to the present day.