Dark emperor and spectacular scenography – the Bregenz Festival is entering its 75th season full of anticipation. Because: Full ranks are allowed. However, the 3-G rule applies.

Bregenz (AP) – This year’s Bregenz Festival begins this Wednesday with the premiere of Arrigo Boito’s opera “Nero”. Boito worked on the infamous Roman Emperor tragedy, which is rarely performed today, for over 50 years.

The composer and librettist (1842-1918) has created a new type of total work of art, Festival director Elisabeth Sobotka said in advance. The conductor Dirk Kaftan, general director of music in Bonn, declared: “I have never met an opera like this, it does not fit in any drawer”.

New edition of “Rigoletto”

On July 22, the “Rigoletto”, already known from the 2019 season, will continue on the floating stage. The festival announced that around 80 percent of the 192,000 “Rigoletto” tickets have been reserved. Giuseppe Verdi am See’s opera will be performed 28 times.

The play stays alive the second year, only here and there the performance, which is not only technically complex, will be refined, said director and set designer Philipp Stölzl. The Munich-based director’s production received the Opus – Deutscher Bühnenpreis 2020. The Wiener Symphonikers perform under the direction of British conductor Julia Jones.

A total of 218,000 tickets were issued for the 80 festival events. Under current Corona regulations, full rows are allowed at the 75th Bregenz Festival. However, visitors must be tested, collected or vaccinated (rule 3-G). Being able to perform in front of a full house is a gift, says director Sobotka.