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Bregenz Festival

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

Rigoletto - compelling, blood-curdling and beautiful

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 …

Rigoletto - compelling, blood-curdling and beautiful


22nd July 2021- 21.15


23., 24., 25., 27., 28., 29., 30. & 31. Juli – 21.15 Uhr
1., 3., 4., 6., 7., 8., 10., 11., 12., 13., 14., 15., 17., 18., 20., 21. & 22. august – 21.00pm

“Floating” stage / Festival Hall

Visit the “floating” stage

If you can’t enjoy an evening perforamce either on Lake Constance or in the Festival Hall, don’t despair! Take a daytime walk along the lakeside promenade and you will have a brilliant view of the “floating” stage, and can watch as the scenery is being prepared for the peformance. You can also obtain information about the current programme, as well having the chance to take some brilliant souvenir photos.

You can even get to see behind the scenes, and view the whole operation from a completely different angle. From the imposing scenery, technical details and interesting background information about the performances on the lake, the visitor can get a good idea of why the Bregenz Festival is so special.

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