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

23 July 2020 - 9.15 p.m., Seebühne

A huge jester's head juts out of Lake Constance. His calm face can morph from leering woman hater to screaming grimace. The ruffled collar he wears serves as a playground for a group of high spirited party goers. As if by magic, the jester can move his right hand, the bottom of a giant balloon gripped in his left. The Giuseppe Verdi opera is performed on a striking set created by Philipp Stölzl and Heike Vollmer, moving between spine-tingling spectacle and intimate chamber drama. 

The duke reveals his cynical philosophy in the world-famous aria »La donna è mobile«: Woman are flighty and dishonest, yet men must have a taste of their love to find happiness. Court jester Rigoletto actively helps him in his conquests until his own daughter falls into the Duke's clutches. 

Now eager for revenge the help offered by a contract killer comes at just the right moment. However, a curse put upon Rigoletto becomes his downfall. 

Verdi's music creates a uniquely intense atmosphere throughout the piece. Gala scenes reminiscent of a circus, an audacious kidnapping and an eerie night-time tempest are contrasted with intimate scenes between father and daughter, and between Gilda and the Duke.

Director and stage designer Philipp Stölzl became well-known making music videos for Rammstein and shooting films such as North Face, The Physician, Winnetou and, most recently, I've Never Been to New York, playing in cinemas in October 2019. A celebrated opera director at the Salzburg Festival, the Theater an der Wien and the State Operas in Berlin, Dresden and Munich, he is now fulfilling a long-cherished dream by staging Rigoletto on the lake stage.

Musical director Enrique Mazzola, Daniele Squeo
Stage director Philipp Stölzl
Stage designer Philipp Stölzl, Heike Vollmer
Costume designer Kathi Maurer
Lighting designer Georg Veit, Philipp Stölzl
Movement and Stunt Director Wendy Hesketh-Ogilvie
Associate stage director Philipp M. Krenn
Choral director Lukáš Vasilek | Benjamin Lack
Dramaturg Olaf A. Schmitt


Duke of Mantua Long Long, Pavel Petrov, Ovidiu Purcel
Rigoletto Scott Hendricks, Juan Jesús Rodríguez, Vladimir Stoyanov
Gilda Hila Fahima, Mélissa Petit, Ekaterina Sadovnikova
Sparafucile Goderdzi Janelidze, Levente Páll, Miklós Sebestyén
Maddalena | Giovanna Rinat Shaham, Katrin Wundsam
Count Monterone Jordan Shanahan, Kostas Smoriginas
Marullo Ilya Kutyukhin, Wolfgang Stefan Schwaiger
Borsa Taylan Reinhard, István Horváth
Count Ceprano Jorge Eleazar, David Oštrek
Countess Ceprano Shira Patchornik, Léonie Renaud
Page Hyunduk Kim

Wired Aerial Theatre

Bregenz Festival Choir
Prague Philharmonic Choir

Music on stage in cooperation with Vorarlberg Conservatory

Wiener Symphoniker

Prices & Seating Map
Sitzplan 2019

Prices (Sunday to thursday)

Festival-Lounge: EUR 358* | Premium Ticket: EUR 258*
Category 1: EUR 144* | Category 2: EUR 133* | Category 3: EUR 114 | Category 4: EUR 88 | Category 5: EUR 67 | ​Category 6: EUR 52 | Category 7: EUR 30

Prices (Friday)

Festival-Lounge: EUR 368* | Premium Ticket:  EUR 268*
Category 1: EUR 154* | Category 2: EUR 143* | Category 3: EUR 124 | Category 4: EUR 98 | Category 5: EUR 77 | ​Category 6: EUR 62 | Category 7: EUR 40


Festival-Lounge: EUR 378* | Premium Ticket: EUR 278*
Category 1: EUR 164* | Category 2: EUR 153* | Category 3: EUR 134 | Category 4: EUR 108 | Category 5: EUR 87 | ​Category 6: EUR 72 | 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 Categories 1, 2, Festival-Lounge and Premium-Tickets

printed with the text "gültig für See + Festspielhaus / keine Rückerstattung" 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 Categories 3 to 7

printed with the text "gültig nur für die Seebühne" 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.