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

22 July 2021 - 9.15 p.m., Seebühne
approx. 2 hours

22 July 2021 - 9.15 p.m.

23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30 & 31 July – 9.15 p.m.
1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 & 22 August – 9.00 p.m.

The giant clown’s head whose peaceful expression can change into the leer of a misogynist and a screaming grimace; the illuminated captive balloon which Gilda is abducted from after singing of her love in the aria »Caro nome«; the unscrupulous but seductive duke with his entourage of daring acrobats – spectacular images from Philipp Stölzl’s staging have been shared all round the world since the premiere. The opera and film director makes Giuseppe Verdi’s stirring music visible. The Rigoletto he presents on the Bregenz lake stage is a gripping drama that combines the thrills of the circus with the subtleties of a chamber play.

The court jester Rigoletto jokes about the licentious ways of his master the duke, but actively supports him in his conquests. His laughter at the incensed Monterone, whose daughter has been dishonoured by the duke, sticks in his throat when Monterone curses him. Without realising it, Rigoletto becomes an accomplice in the kidnapping of his own daughter Gilda, who he keeps confined to the house. 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 corpse into the water, he hears the duke singing his cynical credo »La donna è mobile« and fears for his daughter's life …

The director and stage designer Philipp Stölzl made a name for himself with music videos for Madonna and the German band Rammstein, and went on to make films like North Face, The Physician, Winnetou and most recently Schachnovelle (“chess novella”), which will go on release in 2021. His movie Ich war noch niemals in New York won special prize at the German Film Awards in 2019. For the opera stage he has directed acclaimed productions at the Salzburg Festival, Theater an der Wien and the Staatsoper in Berlin, Dresden and Munich. Directing Rigoletto on the lake stage at Bregenz is the fulfilment of a long-cherished dream for Stölzl.

Musical director Julia Jones, Daniel Cohen
Stage director Philipp Stölzl
Stage designer Philipp Stölzl, Heike Vollmer
Costume designer Kathi Maurer
Lighting designer Georg Veit, Philipp Stölzl
Sound Alwin Bösch, Gernot Gögele
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, Daniel Luis de Vicente, Vladimir Stoyanov
Gilda Stacey Alleaume, Hila Fahima, 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
Die Gräfin Shira Patchornik
Page Hyunduk Kim

Wired Aerial Theatre

Bregenz Festival Choir
Prague Philharmonic Choir

Music on stage in cooperation with Vorarlberg Conservatory

Wiener Symphoniker​

The cast for the respective evening can be found here from July 2021.

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

Prices (Saturday)

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.

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Introductory Talk

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On the evening of a performance in the Festspielhaus.

Introductory Talk

Exclusive insights
On the evening of a performance in the Festspielhaus.