One year after the end of the Second World War, the first Bregenz Festival was held: the week-long Bregenz Festwoche. The inaugural performance was staged upon two barges moored on Lake Constance – one carrying the stage structures for Mozart’s early work Bastien et Bastienne, the other the orchestra.
In a town that did not even possess a theatre, the idea of mounting a festival seemed eccentric; but the initially makeshift solution of choosing the loveliest part of the town – the lake – as the stage proved to be a hugely successful one. Visitors from Austria, Germany, Switzerland and France made the Festival an international event in its very first year. The Festival orchestra from the outset was the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, which has made a major contribution to the evolution and success of the Festival.
This inspiring festival has continued to evolve, having celebrated over 70 seasons, and performing to hundreds of thousands of audience members each year, who come to experience opera on the main stage on the lake, as well as indoor performances of lesser known operatic works, chamber music, orchestral works, theatre and extensive programming for children.
Monday, August 27th, Wednesday, August 29th and Friday, August 31st at 2:00 pm is Bizet's Carmen
Tuesday, August 28th and Thursday August 30th is Mozart's The Magic Flute
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