Giuseppe Verdi

Opera in three acts (1851)
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
adapted from Victor Hugo's Le Roi s'amuse (1832)
Sung in Italian with German surtitles

17 July 2019 - 9.15 p.m., Seebühne

The court jester Rigoletto jokes about the licentious ways of his master the duke, whom he actively supports in his various conquests. His laughter incenses Monterone, whose daughter has been dishonoured by the duke, and it sticks in his throat when Monterone curses him. Without realising it, Rigoletto becomes an accomplice in the kidnapping of his own daughter Gilda, whom he protectively keeps confined to the house. She sees the duke's advances  as a chance to escape from her father's custody. Rigoletto engages a murderer to put an end once and for all to the duke's egotistical philandering. But when Rigoletto is about to throw the shrouded body into the water, he hears the duke singing his cynical credo "La donna è mobile" and fears for his daughter's life …

Giuseppe Verdi's masterpiece – compelling, blood-curdling and beautiful – is being performed for the first time on the Bregenz lake stage.

The stage director and designer Philipp Stölzl will highlight the striking contrasts between spectacle and intimate chamber drama in his production of Verdi's opera. Alongside the circus-like palace festivities, the daring abduction and the terrifying storm at night there are moving scenes between father and daughter, and between Gilda and the duke.

The chance to direct opera on the lake stage is the fulfilment of a long cherished dream for Stölzl. He made a name for himself with music videos for the German band Rammstein, and has gone on to make movies, creating breathtaking scenes in North Face, The Physician and most recently Winnetou. As an opera director he has staged successful productions at the Salzburg Festival, Theater an der Wien and the Staatsoper in Berlin and Dresden.

Music director Enrique Mazzola
Stage director |​ Lighting designer Philipp Stölzl
Stage designer Philipp Stölzl, Heike Vollmer
Costume designer Kathi Maurer
Assistant stage director ​Philipp Krenn
Dramaturge Olaf A. Schmitt


Duke of Mantua Stephen Costello |​ Sergey Romanovsky |​ Pavel Valuzhin​
Rigoletto Scott Hendricks |​ Vladimir Stoyanov |​ Franco Vassallo
Gilda Hila Fahima |​ Mélissa Petit |​ Ekaterina Sadovnikova
Sparafucile Goderdzi Janelidze |​ Miklós Sebestyén
Maddalena | Giovanna Rinat Shaham |​ Katrin Wundsam ​
Count Monterone Sebastian Holecek |​ Kostas Smoriginas
Marullo Liviu Holender |​ Wolfgang Stefan Schwaiger
Borsa Taylan Reinhard |​ Paul Schweinester ​
Count Ceprano Jorge Eleazar |​ David Oštrek
Countess Gloria Giurgola |​ Léonie Renaud​
A Page David Kerber |​ Hyunduk Kim

Wired Aerial Theatre 

Bregenzer Festival Chorus
Prague Philharmonic Choir

Music on stage in cooperation with Vorarlberg Conservatory

Vienna Symphony Orchestra​

Prices - Seating Map




Prices (Sunday to thursday)

Festival-Lounge: EUR 348* | Premium Ticket: EUR 248*
Category 1: EUR 138* | Category 2: EUR 128* | Category 3: EUR 110 | Category 4: EUR 87 | Category 5: EUR 66 | ​Category 6: EUR 51 | Category 7: EUR 30

Prices (Friday)

Festival-Lounge: EUR 358* | Premium Ticket:  EUR 258*
Category 1: EUR 148* | Category 2: EUR 138* | Category 3: EUR 120 | Category 4: EUR 97 | Category 5: EUR 76 | ​Category 6: EUR 61 | Category 7: EUR 40


Festival-Lounge: EUR 368* | Premium Ticket: EUR 268*
Category 1: EUR 158* | Category 2: EUR 148* | Category 3: EUR 130 | Category 4: EUR 107 | Category 5: EUR 86 | ​Category 6: EUR 71 | Category 7: EUR 50

* are valid for the semi-staged performance in the Festspielhaus and cannot be exchanged or refunded

Ticket validity if the open-air performance is cancelled or takes place indoors

Bregenz Festival policy is to proceed with open-air performances even if the weather looks inclement, and we wish to stress that performances will go ahead on the lake even in the event of light rain. We therefore recommend visitors to bring waterproof clothing, but not umbrellas, because they obscure the view. Performances on the lake stage run without an interval.

Tickets for Category 1, 2, Festival-Lounge and Premium-Tickets

printed with the text "gültig für See + Festspielhaus / keine Rückerstattung", these tickets are valid for the semi-staged version in the Festspielhaus in the event that the lake stage performance is cancelled or plays for less than 90 minutes. The tickets are not refundable. If a performance is transferred to the Festspielhaus, Category 1 seats are located in the stalls, Category 2 seats in the circle. Seats that are adjacent in the lake stage auditorium may not be next to each other in the Festspielhaus because of the different seating arrangement.

Tickets for Category 3 to 7

Printed with the text "gültig nur für die Seebühne", these tickets are valid only for the lake stage. If the performance is transferred to the Festspielhaus after playing for less than 60 minutes, ticket holders will have the ticket price refunded or alternatively can exchange the ticket for a later date.

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