Music & Poetry

Seestudio | Werkstattbühne
Musik & Poesie

Musical worlds, literary dimensions and additional perspectives on the Lake Stage and Festspielhaus operas can be discovered in the chamber music series Music & Poetry.

Middle east peace ensemble

23 July 2017 – 7.30 pm,, Seestudio

The two cultures that stand opposed in Rossini's Moses in Egypt join together in this concert. Musicians from the Middle East Peace Orchestra play traditional Jewish and Arabic music, and combine it with contemporary pieces from various countries. The singer Fatma Zidan is one of the most successful ambassadors of Middle Eastern music in Europe. An Egyptian born in Saudi Arabia, she sang for several years at Cairo Opera House and is a master of all Arabian music styles. Henrik Goldschmidt is solo oboist in the Royal Danish Orchestra and has won many awards as a klezmer oboist. He is artistic director of the Middle East Peace Orchestra and will direct the evening's proceedings.

Voice Fatma Zidan
Oboe | voice | clarinet​ Henrik Chaim Goldschmidt
Accordion Anders Singh Vesterdahl
Oud Bilal Irshed



30 July 2017 – 7.30 pm, Seestudio

The writer Michael Köhlmeier, born in Vorarlberg, explores the complex questions that are touched on in Rossini's opera Moses in Egypt: the prophet Moses, religion, and monotheism. Köhlmeier will give a reading of selected 20th century texts. Musical accompaniment will be provided by the Israeli mezzo-soprano Dalia Schaechter, who performs the major roles of her repertoire on the opera stage and also gives recitals of Yiddish and Israeli songs.

Singing by Dalia Schaechter
Reading by​ Michael Köhlmeier


French Heroines

5 August 2017 – 7.30 pm, Seestudio

Georges Bizet's Carmen is one of the most famous female figures in French music. But female figures who love and suffer passionately are to be found in French songs and small dramatic scenes too. Hector Berlioz, composer of the Symphonie fantastique, wrote a substantial lyrical scene on Cleopatra, queen of Egypt. This piece will be among French works sung by the Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman. This is her third visit to Bregenz, where she has already been enthusiastically received as a lieder recitalist and soloist at the Workshop Theatre.

Soprano Measha Brueggergosman


Songs of Freedom

Musik & Poetry Special
7 August 2017 – 10 pm, Werkstattbühne

The exceptionally versatile soprano Measha Brueggergosman, backed by the Bregenz Festival Chorus, goes on a musical journey to her African-American roots. Spirituals played a big role during her childhood in Canada, where she still lives today. Today they are an expression of the freedom her ancestors found in Nova Scotia after they had been sold into slavery in the United States from their African homeland. Measha Brueggergosman will share the extraordinary power of these spirituals in a late-night Workshop Theatre concert that follows the 3rd Vienna Symphony Orchestra concert. Last summer, also in the Workshop Theatre, she gave her compelling performance in Miroslav Srnka's Make No Noise. In addition to that, Bregenz Festival audiences know the soprano from a number of lieder recitals. Welcome back!

Soprano Measha Brueggergosman
Members of Bregenz Festival Chorus
Chorus Master Benjamin Lack


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