Bregenz Festival, Austria
This year the opera festival returns on July 20th with what promises to be a spectacular production ofAndré Cheniér by Italian composer Umberto Giordano.
With just over three months left before opening night, preparations are well underway to construct yet another elaborate set on Lake Constance, including a 50-foot head that was attached to a floating body by a crane.
The first Bregenz Festival was held in 1946, a year after the end of World War II.
985 ushered a new era for the Bregenz Festival with the success of The Magical Flute on the lake stage.
Carmen on the lake, 1991.
The festival celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1995 with a production of Beethoven’s Fidelio.
Death and dance met onstage in the 1999 production of A Masked Ball, designed and directed by British duo Richard Jones and Antony MacDonald.
After the success of A Masked Ball, Bregenz recruited the talents of Jones and McDonald again in 2001 for its staging of Puccini’s La Bohème.
The streets of New York City were mutilated in the 2003′s West Side Story re-imagining.
In 2007, the lake stage became the setting for a James Bond action sequence. Film director Marc Forster used the Tosca set — and its enormous blue eye — as the first place where Daniel Craig spots his enemy inQuantum of Solace