A new sounds system for the Seebühne
"For the first time the sound on the Seebühne is as sensational as the stage set"
Giacomo Puccini's opera thriller Tosca, the Opera on the Lake in 2007/2008, turned out to be the ideal choice for the Seebühne: Guests were fascinated not only by Philipp Himmelmann's enthralling production and Johannes Leiacker's breathtaking stage set, but also by the deeply emotional moments of the opera. The new sound system on the Seebühne called BOA (short for Bodensee Open Acoustics) proved to be convincing. "For the first time the sound on the Seebühne is as sensational as the stage set", the newspaper Müncher Merkus stated.
Britten and Britain
The rest of the festival programme in 2007 was dedicated to a project called "Britten and Britain": Benjamin Britten's first and last music theatre were shown as well as a few of the British composer's orchestral works. One highlight was Yoshi Oida's empathetic yet simple production of Britten's late work Death in Venice. Another Britten rarity was performed at the Kornmarkttheater: the operetta Paul Bunyan.
Drama regained attention in the season of 2007 with guest performances of the Wiener Theater in der Josefstadt (Les Liaisons dangereuses) and the Hamburger Thalia Theater (A Midsummer Night's Dream). Under the slogan "Made in Britain", the opera The Shops premiered in Austria and Ben Mason's football opera, Playing Away, directed by David Pountney was shown as part of the programme series Kunst aus der Zeit.
Schauspiel im Fokus
Mit Gastspielen des Wiener Theaters in der Josefstadt (Gefährliche Liebschaften) und des Hamburger Thalia Theaters (Ein Sommernachtstraum) rückte im Sommer 2007 das Schauspiel wieder verstärkt ins Zentrum des Festspielprogramms. Kunst aus der Zeit zeigte unter dem Motto „Made in Britain“ unter anderem die österreichische Erstaufführung der Oper The Shops sowie Ben Masons Fußballoper Playing Away in der Regie von David Pountney.