The Amazing Visuals of the World’s Largest Floating Stage   Leave a comment


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When the sun begins to hide under the waters of Lake Constance, Austria, the formidable Bregenz Festival show raises the imaginary curtain on the world largest floating stage. From that moment, the 7,000 spectators gathered in the auditorium will dive into an overwhelming visual and audio feast outdoors in opera format.

Throughout its long history, the Austrian festival has built some of the most amazing designs ever seen on stage. An artistic and logistical effort to create a new project every two years, set in the beautiful landscape around.

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2011/2012: André Chénier (Umberto Giordano), was inspired by the famous painting of the French revolutionary Marat.

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Twilight on the shores of the lake. An extraordinary setting that no theater can match.

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2007/2008: Tosca (Giacomo Puccini). The colossal iris transformed in a mechanical mobile platform, becoming a new circular stage.

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2001/2002: La Bohème (Giacomo Puccini), updated the absinthe with Ricard pastis in the Latin Quarter of Paris.

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Bregenz Festival productions usually tries to give a twist to the traditional opera repertoire, staging original and even extravagant plays.

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1999/2000: Un ballo in maschera (Giuseppe Verdi). The image of the grim skeleton watching the tiny figures moving on a book-stage, is definitely one of the most memorable icons of all time from the festival.

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1997/1998: Porgy & Bess (George Gershwin) reproduced an apocalyptic scenography Mad Max style. Originally the opera was set in the Afro-American population of the United States. From this play comes the song Summertime popularized by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, among others.

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1995/96: Fidelio modernized the sole opera composed by Ludwig van Beethoven in a setting that turned the streets of lower class households in overcrowded prison cells

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1991/1992: Carmen (Georges Bizet). Occult on stage, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra plays the music that touches the spectators through a sophisticated audio system hidden in the amphitheater. Also, when interpreters are walking, their voices move with them too.

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Back to 2013/2014: This is how awesome looked the new stage for Mozart’s Magic Flute.

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Die Zauberflöte had dragons connected by catwalks and an underwater railway to carry some set elements, like this giant crystal turtle.

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Bregenz 2015/2016 is performing the classic play of Giacomo Puccini set in Beijing, Turandot.

Posted February 1, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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