These Lake Constance operas, performed on the largest “floating” stage in the world, are legendary. The beauty of the natural backdrop of the lake, the over-dimensional stage sets, the technical innovations and the unique acoustics are all contributing factors.
Giuseppe Verdi's masterpiece "Rigoletto"
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 …
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.
The opera 2019 takes place from the 17th of July until 18th of August 2019.