The Bregenzer Festspiele  is usually associated with incredible floating opera stages and performances of famous plays. Even though the Bregenz Festival is held in five different locations throughout the city, Seebühne (the floating stage) on Lake Constance is the most popular of them all. In the staging process, the lake and its shores are the grounds for innovative decors and fantastic light shows.

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Verdi’s A Masked Ball, produced in 1999. Photograph by BENNO HAGLEITNER

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Stage inspired by The Death of Marat, an iconic painting by Jacques-Louis David. Envisioned for the staging of André Chénier. Photograph by Bregenzer Festspiele / KARL FORSTER

The seat capacity for the plays on Lake Constance is around 6800 (according to Twisted Sifter), making this a perfect setting for lovers of the opera worldwide. We only read positive reviews written by the visitors in Bregenz who attended one or more spectacles. The atmosphere is said to be unique and the artistic quality of the show unparalleled. Some people even talk about the ferries in the background, which add even more dynamics to the grand decor. Enjoy the photos!

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Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème
Photograph by KARL FORSTER

The magic flute

A new era for the Festival was ushered in by the triumphant success of The Magic Flute on the Lake.Photograph by KARL FORSTER

Fidelio

Beethoven’s Fidelio directed by David Pountney; Photograph by KARL FORSTER

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Verdi’s monumental desert opera Aida on the waters of the Constance Lake; Photograph by Bregenzer Festspiele / andereart

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In 2003, the Bregenz Festival staged Leonard Bernstein’s hit musical West Side Story Photograph by BENNO HAGLEITNER / VISION fotografie

Tosca

Giacomo Puccini’s opera thriller Tosca, staged in 2007/2008; production by Philipp Himmelmann

Porgy and Bess

George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess,

Nabucco

Over 300,000 people saw Verdi’s Nabucco on the Lake in the summer of ’93 and ’94.

CARMEN

Carmen | 1991-1992. Photograph by KARL FORSTER

The troubadour

Giuseppe Verdi’s Il Trovatore

The Flying Dutchman

Opera on the Lake 1989/91 The Flying Dutchman
Photograph by KARL FORSTER