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Opera on the Lake: “The Magic Flute” with an Enchanting Natural Backdrop

01 July 2013 Events

One of the most frequently performed Mozart operas is the highlight of this year’s Bregenz Festival. “The Magic Flute” is performed on the world’s largest lake stage – with its impressive oversized stage setting with Lake Bodensee as a backdrop, it provides an enchanting frame for the love story between Tamino and Pamina.

All who have had the opportunity to experience the “opera on the lake” will forever be enchanted by a unique artistic performance: the monumental stage reaches far into the lake. The sparkling water and the clear sky imbue the performed works of art with a unique magic. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who was obsessed with every minute detail regarding the performance of his own operas, would have loved this stage. “The Magic Flute” at the Seebühne is most certainly a highlight of this cultural summer – a must-see for all Mozart aficionados.

A mystical musical comedy full of magic, with a political background

It has been more than 30 years since the audience in Bregenz was last enchanted by “The Magic Flute”. In 1985/86 Jérôme Savary was the stage director. This year, the artistic director of the Bregenz Festival, David Pountney will bring the love story between Tamino and Pamina (not to forget the romance between Papageno and his Papagena) to the lake stage. The stage setting was designed by Johan Engels. The two internationally renowned artists do not interpret “The Magic Flute” as a harmless musical comedy, but as a piece in the spirit of the Enlightenment, as Mozart had intended. At its centre stands the development to an independent human being, whose fate is dictated by neither worldly nor clerical authorities.

The Bregenz Festival – a cultural festival since 1946

Works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart also stood in the limelight in the course of the very first Bregenz Festival in 1946 – Mozart’s early opera “Bastien and Bastienne” and his “Little Night Music”, which was performed as a ballet, enchanted the audience. Today the lake stage provides space for an audience of 7,000 music aficionados. It is not only widely known and loved for its spectacular visual appeal but also for its unique acoustics and cutting edge stage technology. 

The Bregenz Festival takes place in Bregenz, the provincial capital of Voralberg in Austria, every year. The productions for the “operas on the lake” change every two years.

Further events, tips and information

- Interesting for families with children: the programme for children and youths at the Crossculture Bregenz Festival2013 - for more information please click www.bregenzerfestspiele.com

- An unforgettable experience: let a boat take you across Lake Bodensee to one of the performances – for more information please click http://www.bregenzerfestspiele.com/de/node/546

- Tickets: www.bregenzerfestspiele.com, www.wmo.at


 

Scene from The Magic Flute: The three ladies

Scene from The Magic Flute: The three ladies

Photo: Bregenzer Festspiele/ Anja Köhler
Scene from The Magic Flute: Last Battle

Scene from The Magic Flute: Last Battle

Photo: Bregenzer Festspiele / Karl Forster
Scene from The Magic Flute

Scene from The Magic Flute

Photo: Bregenzer Festspiele/ Anja Köhler