BY GIUSEPPE VERDI Opera on the lake

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BY GIUSEPPE VERDI Opera on the lake

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July 21 to August 22, 2010

Life L in a foreign land can be a golden oppor- poignant intimacy reflects the bitter-sweet

ttunity

or a crushing penance. For Aida, the existence of one who has lost everything but

EEthiopian

Princess taken into slavery, exile can still give thanks for his survival. When

bbrings

her agonisingly close to the man she the thugs of the Soviet Composers Union

loves but may not have. She and Radames condemned him for „abstract humanism“

are slaves to passion who can only find their (a formulation likewise employed by the Na-

freedom „in a strange land“. As the „death zis!) they little realised the compliment they

boat“ makes its astonishing journey into the were paying!

heavens they sing „O terra addio“ .

We celebrate his survival and his ability

For Mieczysław Weinberg, whose asto- through his testing life to continue to comnishing

creativity provides the main focus pose an unbroken stream of music. The col-

of our festival programme, exile was both an lapse of the Soviet Union has almost buried

opportunity and a curse. As a Polish Jew it Weinberg, but this summer we mount a re-

saved his life from the advancing Germans, surrection - a joyous rebirth of an astound-

but plunged him into the terror of Stalin's ing talent. Come and join us by the lake, in

anti-semitic purges. His father in law's mur- the theatre, at our concerts - experience the

der in 1948 was the starting pistol of this rainbow of music and culture that we offer

brutal pogrom, and he himself was arrested our thirsty visitors!

in 1953, saved only by Stalin's timely death.

His response to ever present danger was a David Pountney, artistic director

life-long outpouring of music - music whose

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A magic open air location

At the Bregenz Festival, an evening at the opera begins long before the cond uctor

raises his baton. Ships bring visitors across the water and moor directly at the Seebühne,

becoming themselves part of the scenery of the magic of a balmy summer

evening on the shore of Lake Constance.

When dusk begins to fall, one can feel the unique atmosphere of open-air theatre

surrounding the Festspielhaus. And as the smouldering red sun sinks into Lake

Constance, as though it were happening specially for the thousands of spectators

who have taken their seats in the auditorium, everyone will realise that dramatic

spectacle at Bregenz does not stop at the edge of the Seebühne.

During four weeks of the summer, visitors to the Bregenz Festival can find their

very own personal cultural highlight: the Seebühne stands for spectacular productions

in an unparalleled setting; the Festspielhaus presents jewels of the opera

repertoire in a new light. In addition, the Bregenz Festival offers orchestral

concerts, guest performances by theatre companies, contemporary arts at the

Werkstattbühne, the Festspielhaus and the Kunsthaus Bregenz as well as a number

of events in the crossculture programme for young people.

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AIDA

by Giuseppe Verdi

ong>Operaong> on the lake

ong>Operaong> in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi

Libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni

Sung in Italian with German surtitles

Premiere

July 22 – 9.15 p.m.

Further performances

July 23, 24, 25, 27, 29, 30 and 31 – 9.15 p.m.

August 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17,

18, 19, 20, 21 and 22 – 9.00 p.m.

Duration: about 2 1 ⁄4 hours, no interval

Seebühne/Festspielhaus

Prices: see page 17

Introductory talk: 7.00 and 7.30 p.m, Festspielhaus,

EUR 6

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Aida A is one of the most performed operas in the repertoire – a tale of a legendary

llove

stronger than death, and a very modern parable about nationalism, belligerence

r and hatred of the enemy. Giuseppe Verdi’s monumental opera is returning to

tthe

spectacular Seebühne at Bregenz in summer 2010.

The T story of the tragic love between the Ethiopian princess Aida – once brought

tto

the Nile as a slave – and the Egyptian commander Radames was a triumph at

its premiere in Cairo in 1871. Since then it has become one of the most popular

and most performed works in the entire opera repertoire. Verdi conceived Aida

as an opera that would have no equal. It has grandiose choral scenes and rousing

rhythmic marches, gorgeous arias and romantic duets all brought harmoniously

together, their effect further enhanced by the exotic flavour of the music. The

fa mous triumphal march with its blaring fanfares and stirring choruses is one of the

musical and dramatic highpoints of „grand Italian opera”.

Director Graham Vick and stage designer Paul Brown were keen to make use of

Lake Constance in Aida, not just as a grand backdrop but as an integral part of

the production. With ships and platforms, parts of the stage set that emerge from

under the water, and entry points for the performers which are both on and under

the water – the stage set for Aida comes into being during the performance itself

before the eyes of the audience.


Aida

King

Bradley Garvin, Kevin Short

Amneris

Liuba Sokolova, Iano Tamar, Guang Yang

Aida

Tatjana Serjan, María José Siri, Indra Thomas

Radames

Rubens Pelizzari, Arnold Rawls, Philip Webb

Ramphis

Sorin Coliban, Andrew Gangestad,

Tigran Martirossian

Amonasro

Quinn Kelsey, Dimitri Platanias, Vittorio Vitelli

Messenger

David Danholt

Priestess

Elisabetta Martorana, Talia Or

Vienna Symphony Orchestra

Prague Philharmonic Choir

Bregenz Festival Chorus

Stage music: In cooperation with the

Vorarlberger Landeskonservatorium

Dancers

Actors

Stunt Performers: VIPstuntcam

Musical director: Carlo Rizzi, Gareth Jones

Director: Graham Vick

Stage & Costumes: Paul Brown

Choreography: Ron Howell

Light: Wolfgang Göbbel

Sound: Wolfgang Fritz

Director Bregenz Festival Chorus:

Benjamin Lack

Cast in alphabetical order.

The cast-lists for the evening performances will be published in

mid July 2010 on www.bregenzerfestspiele.com
























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Tatiana Serjan María José Siri Indra Thomas

For the Russian singer Tatiana Serjan,

Aida is the third opera on the lake after

Tosca and Il Trovatore. Why does she keep

coming back to Lake Constance? „I just

really like coming to Bregenz! Not only

because it's summer and there's the lake,

but also because I really enjoy returning

to places I know.” Before appearing as

Aida again at Bregenz, she will perform

the roles of Lady Macbeth in Brussels and

Munich as well as Tosca at Deutsche Oper

Berlin.

New to the club of Aidas is the young soprano

María José Siri, who was born in Uruguay.

She first trained as a concert pianist and discovered

opera singing only by chance, through a

mix-up in her lesson timetable. Since then her

singing career has developed rapidly. María

José Siri appears at the major opera houses of

South America and Europe such as the Teatro

Colon in Buenos Aires, the Gran Teatre del

Liceu in Barcelona, Dresden's Semperoper and

La Scala Milan, where she has performed the

part of Aida under the baton of Daniel Barenboim.

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Soprano Indra Thomas from the USA

enchanted the Bregenz audience last summer

– and not only in the role of Aida. She

was also able to show her jazzy side in a

summer night concert with songs by George

Gershwin. When she is not singing on the

Seebühne at Bregenz, Indra Thomas can be

seen at the world's major opera houses, including

the New York Met, the Gran Teatre

del Liceu in Barcelona, Hamburg State

ong>Operaong>, Lyric ong>Operaong> Chicago and the New National

Theatre in Tokyo.


It's the tops! At a height of 55 metres

above Lake Constance a human couple,

soprano and tenor, hover and glide in a

reed boat suspended from a tower crane,

where they sing to the very last sigh as

they bid farewell to this earthly vale of

tears for an imaginary Egyptian kingdom

of death. Aida does not end like this

in Verona, or even before the Pyramids

– and definitely not in an ordinary opera

house. You don't question, you marvel.

You are entranced and overwhelmed by

the gargantuan sets that piece themselves

together during the performance.

Die Welt, Berlin

A spectacular stage for Aida. (...) A feast

for the eyes and the ears. (...) A desert

opera on Lake Constance – nothing is

impossible at Bregenz. Verdi's love

story – here it becomes a water opera.

Whether it's dancers, soloists or extras

– seldom have people and material

faced such challenges on the Seebühne

as this year.

ZDF Heute, Mainz

Eschewing opulent display devoid of

meaning, Vick and Brown underline

the fact that Verdi's Aida can be in fact

the most stirring anti-war piece in the

entire repertoire of music theatre. (...)

The actual closing tableau – Amneris

pleading for peace at the feet of the

wrecked statue of liberty – leaves the

spectator deep in thought.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

The new Aida is no cerebral product of

director's theatre. Instead it is exactly

what this sort of lakeside stage needs:

a grand show. But the remarkable thing

about the show is that it knows how to

put a production concept on the stage

by employing the methods of spectacle.

Südkurier, Konstanz

So much technology and spectacle as

in the new Bregenz Aida has probably

never been seen in opera before. But

they have been placed at the service

of a critical interpretation of the work.

The production exploits to the utmost

the possibilities of the stage and the

technology, and makes intensive use of

the lake. The social environment of the

tragic love story is also presented in a

forceful way.

Basler Zeitung

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Monumental, spectacular, high-impact –

that, simply, is how opera on Lake Constance

needs to be. (...) A powerful image:

the ideal of liberty as a historical yet

timeless dream, always crumbling and

at risk of collapse, and also deliberately

betrayed. And so it is entirely apt when

we see the Ethiopian captives appear in

orange prison outfits with sacks on their

heads, recalling images from Guantanamo

Bay.

Die Presse, Wien

Apart from being one of the most spectacular

shows I’ve seen, Graham Vick’s

production has a probing side too: few

opera directors take their social responsi

bilities more seriously. But then the

Bregenz Festival, under the artistic

direction of another distinguished Brit,

David Pountney, is about much more

than mass entertainment.

The Sunday Telegraph, London


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The Festival-Lounge offers you and your guests all the privileges

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even if the weather looks inclement, and we wish to stress that

performances will go ahead on the Seebühne even in the event of

light rain. We therefore recommend visitors to bring waterproof

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Festival

Arrival Arrr

by public transport

In order to avoid congestion on the roads and delays, we recommend that you

leave for Bregenz in good time and, if possible, travel by public transport.

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within the Vorarlberg Public Transport Network on the day of the event. For

the return journey after a performance on the lake, an additional train service

to Bludenz and additional bus services to Lustenau, the Bregenzerwald,

Lindau (Germany) and Rheineck (Switzerland) are laid on (restrictions apply

if the performance is transferred to the Festspielhaus). The bus/coach station

and railway station are only five minutes‘ walk from the Festspielhaus. Follow

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Coming from Switzerland, we recommend you leave the

motorway at the exit Au for the border crossing at Au/Lustenau.

Then drive towards Dornbirn, join the motorway at Dornbirn

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Festival, offers direct connections

from Vi enna, Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne,

Graz and Nice to the conveniently located

airport of Friedrichshafen.

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Arrival by ship

A Lake Constance passenger ship operates

on the evenings of a lake performance

to ferry visitors from Lindau and back

again after the show. The ship moors directly

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Casino Caa

Bregenz

If you are looking for the perfect way to end

a wonderful day at the festival, then why not

enjoy a small wager in the nearby Bregenz

Casino? Either after the show for an elegant

Casino evening or beforehand for a casual

afternoon in the Jackpot Casino – there are

many reasons to visit the Bregenz Casino.

Phone +43 5574 451 27 or www.casinos.at.

Child Chh

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Service for matinees – visit a

matinee performance in the

Festspielhaus or an orchestral

matinee. We will look after your children

if they are three years or older. During the

performance we organise a creative cultural

programme for your youngest children with

music, fun and games. The service is free of

charge. For dates, see page 34.

Gastronomy

Make the most of an early arrival and get

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Event Hos pitality opens its doors at 6 p.m. eve-

ry day in the tent next to the Festspielhaus,

revealing an exquisite array of culinary delights.

Reservations: Phone +43 5574 407279,

E-Mail walch@festspielhausbregenz.at

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June 11 to July 16: every Friday at

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July 21 to August 22: daily at 11.30

a.m., 2.30 p.m. and 3.30 p.m.

Guided tours for groups: phone

+43 5574 407-6

Price: EUR 6 | Children under 10

years free of charge.

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Lake Constance region

Enjoy the magical symbiosis of nature and culture.

In addition to opera performances on the world’s

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visit the island of Mainau, take the cable

car up Pfänder mountain, go hiking in Bregenzerwald,

and much more. For more information,

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Bregenz, Karl-Tizian-Platz. 4 Theater Kosmos, Mariahilferstr. 29.

The car parks indicated are open daily until 11 p.m. or midnight (fee-paying).

Maximum M walking distance to the Stage/Festspielhaus: 10 minutes.


IN A

STRANGE

LAND

Weinberg 2010































Mieczysław Mieczysław

Weinberg Weinberg

Symposium Symposium sium sium ium

Patron

Michael Haas, music curator of

the Jewish h Museum Museum Vienna

Partners

Opernwelt – The international opera magazine

peermusic CLASSICAL

the magazine OSTEUROPA

Sat July 31 to Mon August 2, 2010

Festspielhaus

Price: 400 EUR, 470 EUR incl. Aida

The price for participating in the Symposium

includes brunch, lunch, coffee breaks as well as

admission to five performances in the Weinberg

retrospective. We are also happy to help with

reserving accommodation.

The symposium will be held in English, Russian and nd

German with simultaneous translation.

Programme P

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Saturday, S July 31

9.30 a.m. Registration | Coffee | Introduction Festspielhaus

11.00 a.m. Performance The Passenger op. 97 Festspielhaus

2.00 p.m. Lunch buffet Festspielhaus

6.30 p.m. Introduction The Portrait op. 128 Theater am Kornmarkt

7.30 p.m. Premiere The Portrait op. 128 Theater am Kornmarkt

Sunday, August 1

11.00 a.m. Orchestral Matinee Vienna Symphony Orchestra Festspielhaus

4.30 p.m. Meetings with the artists of The Passenger and The Portrait Seestudio

with David Pountney, Alexander Medvedev,

Zofia Posmysz and artists involved in the productions

Moderation: Albrecht Thiemann, Opernwelt

7.30 p.m. Orchestral Concert MusicAeterna Theater am Kornmarkt

9.00 p.m. Aida (optional) Seebühne/

Festspielhaus

Monday, August 2

10.00 a.m. Weinberg-Seminar Part 1 Seestudio

with David Fanning, Jens Hagestedt,

David Pountney, Manashir Yakubov a. o.

12.00 p.m. Chamber Music Concert with Quatuor Danel Seestudio

Mieczysław Weinberg: string quartett No. 3 op. 14

12.30 p.m. Lunch Festspielhaus

2.00 p.m. Weinberg-Seminar Part 2 Seestudio

with David Fanning, Jens Hagestedt,

David Pountney, Manashir Yakubov a. o.

4.00 p.m. Chamber Music Concert with Quatuor Danel Seestudio

Mieczysław Weinberg: string quartett No. 15 op. 124

7.30 p.m. Orchestral Music MusicAeterna Festspielhaus


ong>Operaong> by Mieczysław Weinberg

Libretto by Alexander Medvedev based

on a novella by Zofia Posmysz with the

same title, In German and Russian

with German surtitles

World Premiere

Premiere

July 21, 2010 – 7.30 p.m.

Further performances

July 26 – 7.30 p.m.

July 28– 7.30 p.m.

July 31 – 11.00 a.m.

Duration: 2 hours, incl. an interval

after the 1st act

Festspielhaus

Coproduction with the Wielki Teatr

Warsaw, the English National ong>Operaong>

London and the Teatro Real Madrid

Prices: EUR 95 / 80 / 65 / 50 / 40

For the premiere a different seating plan

and different prices apply, more information tion

on www.bregenzerfestspiele.com.

Child care: see page 20 and 34

Introductory talk: one hour before the

performance, Festspielhaus, EUR 6

THE

PASSENGER

by Mieczysław Weinberg

ong>Operaong> in the Festspielhaus








Martha, Polish prisoner

(The Passenger)

Elena Kelessidi

Tadeusz, Marthas fiancée

Artur Rucinski

Walter, German diplomat

Roberto Saccà

Lisa, his wife

Michelle Breedt

Vienna Symphony Orchestra

Prague Philharmonic Choir

Musical Director: Teodor Currentzis

Director: David Pountney

Stage: Johan Engels

Costumes: Marie-Jeanne Lecca

Light: Fabrice Kebour

Sammlung Deutsches Auswandererhaus

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Two young women, both

voyaging v by ship to a

new n and different life, are

caught c up by the history

that th links them to one

another: a The Passenger

by b the Polish composer

Mieczysław M Weinberg is

the th Festspielhaus production

in summer 2010. Completed in 1968, the opera

was first performed in 2006 in a concert performance

in Moscow.

The opera is set on an ocean liner en route to Brazil

in the early 1960s. Among the passengers are a German

diplomat, who is on his way to South America in

order to take up a new post, and his young wife Lisa.

To her horror Lisa recognises, among the passengers,

a woman she believed to be dead. Shocked by the encounter,

Lisa confesses to her husband that she had

formerly worked as an SS warden at Auschwitz.


Chartkov, a painter Peter Hoare

Nikita, his servant David Stout

Journalist | Professor for art | art dealer | landlord Claudio Otelli

Lady-in-Waiting Helen Field

Elegant Lady Angelica Voje

Liza, her daughter Teodora Gheorghiu

THE

PORTRAIT

by Mieczysław Weinberg

Symphony Orchestra Vorarlberg

Musical Director: Rossen Gergov

Director: John Fulljames

Stage & Costumes: Dick Bird

Movement direction: Beate Vollack

Light: Bruno Poet

Video & Projection: Finn Ross

Satirical ong>Operaong> at the Theater am Kornmarkt





















The Portrait, Weinberg's satirical opera based on the short story

by Nikolai Gogol, paints a telling picture of a corrupt art world.

The talented but unsuccessful painter Chartkov comes into possession

of a portrait that is under a curse, and becomes a celebrated

high-society artist. The rich and famous are at his feet, the

money rolls in, he is invited to parties and is the talk of the town.

But when Chartkov realises that the portrait has caused him to

betray his own art, he resorts to radical action.

The phenomenon of a financially successful artist purveying ever

more shallow imitations of an empty concept as ever more expensive

high art is as familiar to gallery goers in modern Vienna or

London as it was in 18th century Petersburg. But for artists such as

Weinberg working in the context of the Soviet Union, this story had

another resonance. Death, deportation to the Gulag, professional

and personal extinction lay around every corner, just as poverty dictated

Chartkov's choices. Everyone, in this merciless climate, must

find a compromise between survival and artistic betrayal.

ong>Operaong> in three acts by Mieczysław Weinberg

Libretto by Alexander Medvedev based on the

novella by Nikolai Gogol with the same title

In German

First performance in Austria

Premiere

July 31 – 7.30 p.m.

Further performances

August 3 – 7.30 p.m.

August 5 – 7.30 p.m.

Duration: 2 hours, incl. an interval after the 2nd

act

Theater am Kornmarkt

Prices: EUR 60 / 45 / 26

Introductory talk: one hour before the performance

Theater am Kornmarkt, EUR 6

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ORCHESTRAL

CONCERTS

Orchestral Concerts

MusicAeterna

August 1 – 7.30 p.m., Theater am Kornmarkt

Conductor: Teodor Currentzis

Weinberg, Prokofiev, Mozart

Prices: EUR 34 / 27 / 21

Visitors V to our orchestral concerts in

2010 2 have an extended treat in store: the

ddiscovery

of music both intimate and

eepic

by the most significant composer

wworking

in Moscow since Shostako-

vvich,

Mieczysław Weinberg. Two of the

concerts with the Vienna Symphony

Orchestra will be conducted by a familiar

face at the Bregenz Festival, the

Russian conductor Vladimir Fedoseyev,

who for many years was a personal

friend of Weinberg's.

And in addition we welcome a phenomenal

orchestra from Novosibirsk.

MusicAeterna, under their inspirational

leader Teodor Currentzis, are

a hand picked group of passionately

dedicated Russian musicians

who have transformed the landscape

of Russian music making.

David Pountney

August 2 – 7.30 p.m., Festspielhaus

Conductor: Teodor Currentzis

Weinberg, Beethoven

Prices: EUR 58 / 45 / 32 / 24 / 19





Musical jewels from Siberia

Orchestral Concerts

Vienna Symphony

Orchestra

July 25 – 11.00 a.m., Festspielhaus

Conductor: Vladimir Fedoseyev

Weinberg, Mahler

August 1 – 11.00 a.m., Festspielhaus

Conductor: Vladimir Fedoseyev

Vienna Boy's Choir

Prague Philharmonic Choir

Weinberg

August 9 – 7.30 p.m., Festspielhaus

Conductor: Dmitri Jurowski

Prague Philharmonic Choir

Janáček, Weir, Rimsky-Korsakov

Curated by Judith Weir

Prices: EUR 75 / 58 / 46 / 31 / 22

Vorarlberg Symphony

Orchestra

August 15 – 11.00 a.m., Festspielhaus

Conductor: Gérard Korsten

Weinberg, Smetana

Prices: EUR 39 / 34 / 27 / 21 / 16

Festival Mass

July 31 – 5.00 p.m., Klosterkirche Mehrerau

Director: Gerald Wirth

Vienna Boys' Choir

Free of charge

Introductory talks: see page 19

Child care: see Page 20 and 34

Music & Poetry

July 25 - 7.30 p.m., Seestudio

Music by Mieczysław Weinberg

Texts by Ossip Mandelstam

read by Ralph Dutli

August 8 – 11.00 a.m., Seestudio

Music by Mieczysław Weinberg

Texts by Joseph Brodsky

read by Ralph Dutli

August 15 – 7.30 p.m., Seestudio

Music by Mieczysław Weinberg

Works by Claire Dolby and Nicolas Geremus

Texts by Marina Zwetajewa and Anna

Achmatowa read by Ralph Dutli

Price: EUR 22 each

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The „Berliners“ are e back! ba back!

DEUTSCHES THEATER

BERLIN

In the 1990s the Deutsches ts Theeater

Berlin was responsible for r

many unforgettable theatre perforrmances

at the Bregenz Festival. It t

was succeeded in the new millen-

nium by Vienna's Theater in der

Josefstadt and then by Hamburg's

Thalia Theater. Now the Deutsches

Theater returns to Bregenz

under its new artistic director

Ulrich Khuon, formerly artistic

director of the Thalia Theater.

In 2010, the Berliners will

be bringing a classic, Joseph

Conrad's Heart of Darkness,

and a totally new work, Lukas

Bärfuss's Oil, to Lake Constance.

Heart of Darkness is a

play about colonial mentality and the changes

it undergoes when it encounters what isali- is alien

and incomprehensible. The play Oil has a

similar theme: penetration of foreign territory

and the desire to possess and monopolise its

resources.

DRAMA

Drama at the Kornmarkt

Heart of Darkness

(first performance in Austria)

Drama by Joseph Conrad,

translated and adapted by John von Düffel

Premiere August 14 – 7.30 p.m.

Further performances August 15, 16 – 7.30 p.m.

Duration: 2 hours, incl. an interval

Theater am Kornmarkt

Pirces: EUR 60 / 45 / 26





It begins with a dream, a child's dream. Charles Marlow has

always been fascinated by maps, foreign, unknown continents

and in particular by a big black river which winds into the

heart of the African continent. Marlow's dream appears to

come true when a Belgian trading company hires him as the

captain of a steamer with the assignment of travelling up the

Congo to bring an agent named Kurtz back to Europe and restore

him to reason. Marlow's voyage up the Congo becomes a

journey into the heart of darkness on which the borders between

civilisation and barbarity, good and evil, life and death

become erased.

Oil

(first performance in Austria)

Drama by Lukas Bärfuss

It is not the first country that Eva va and and Herbert Herbert Kahmer Kahm have

journeyed through in search of oil, and with it wealth and the

tranquillity and security they long for. Like modern nomads

they have wandered for years now from potential reservoir to

potential reservoir. Herbert, infected by the dream of one day

finding huge deposits of crude oil, is constantly away travelling

with his business partner Edgar, while Eva waits and no longer

has any idea what the sense of the endeavour, and of her life, is.

Left alone in a country that scares her, with a woman-servant

who is alien and inscrutable, she locks herself in her house and

is prey to strange thoughts. Finally the miracle happens and

the two men strike oil, and at the same time a young woman

appears who makes Eva ill at ease, raising hopes and stirring up

feelings which nobody had any inkling of before.

Premiere August 19 – 7.30 p.m.

Further performances August 20, 21 – 7.30 p.m.

Duration: 1 ¾ hours, no interval

Theater am Kornmarkt

Prices: EUR 60 / 45 / 26

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Jacob’s Room

(world premiere)

Jacob is the survivor of genocide

– where and when it took

place is left to the imagination

of the listener. He is haunted

by memories of his past, tormented by guilt at having

survived, which cost other people their lives.

His own mother sacrificed herself for him, and he

even witnessed her act of sacrifice.

The title of the opera refers to the „thinking room“

in which Jacob meets „The Guide“, a being who

takes him on a journey back to his childhood.

Morton Subotnick, now 76 years old, is regarded

as one of the most important pioneers of electronic

music in the USA and is known internationally

for his multimedia work.

August 5 and 7 – 8.00 p.m., Werkstattbühne

Price: EUR 26

Introductory talk: half an hour before the performance,

Werkstattbühne, free of charge.

Traumzeit und Traumdeutung

Symphonic action by Jorge E. López

for instrumentalists in a mountain setting

Art Of Our Times begins this year with an excursion: we're going up into the

mountains! A hike amid the breath-taking alpine scenery of Vorarlberg will lead

to a concert in the great outdoors. Jorge E. López's work Traumzeit und Traumdeutung

was conceived as an open-air event in a mountain setting. At an altitude

of over 2,000 metres, the participants will hear sounds that seem to be made by

nature herself. The performance marks the start of the major landscape art project

„Horizon Field” by sculptor Antony Gormley, which has been developed in collaboration

with the Kunsthaus Bregenz

July y 24, in case of bad weather ather July July 25, 25, Butzensee/Lech

Butzensee/Lech

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Out of Context les ballets C de la B / Alain Platel

„The scene is a place of urgency and the body / bodies in ecstasy”, , the the choreographer

choreographer

Alain Platel writes about his new production. „Whenever words ords are are no longer longer

capable of expressing our deepest feelings, our body takes over. Because that's

probably what dance has been from the beginning: a physical translation of extreme

emotions.“

August 13 and 14 – 8.00 p.m., Werkstattbühne

Price: EUR 26

Introductory talk: half an hour before the performance, Werkstattbühne, free of charge arge g .............. .

ART OF OUR TIMES

Contemporary

music theatre,

concerts

and dance

Art Of Our Ou Times

Art Of Our Times – Concerts

Foreign Encounters

The three concerts are the product of free associations around the term „foreign”.

Christoph Stradner and Luca Monti, the Wiener Concert Verein and the oenm. austrian

new music ensemble return to Bregenz. The young virtuoso Ensemble Lux

presents two pieces commissioned by Art Of Our Times.

Price: EUR 15

The dates and venues of the concerts can be found on the back pages of this programme.

Details Detail may be found in the Art

Of Of Our Ou Times brochure, which

will will be be published in spring.

Supported

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Child care

Dates

Matinee Concert

Vienna Symphony Orchestra

July 25 – 11.00 a.m.

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The Passenger

July 31 – 11.00 a.m.

Matinee Concert

Vienna Symphony Orchestra

August 1 – 11.00 a.m.

Matinee Concert

Vorarlberg Symphony Orchestra

August 15 – 11.00 a.m.

Festival breakfast

July 25 – 9.30 a.m.

August 1 and 15 – 9.30 a.m.

Festspielhaus

The service is free of charge

crossculture for families and school classes

rocky roccoco

The two musicians Rocky and Harry can't get over their

surprise: they would never have dreamt of meeting guys

who claim to come directly from the Middle Ages! In

Rocky Roccoco sounds that are over 300 years old meet

contemporary music and modern jazz grooves.

July 5, 6, 7 and 8 – 9.00 and 10.30 a.m., Theater Kosmos

Recommended for the ages 6 to 13

Price: EUR 6

Events for children and young people

crossculture for families and school classes

saiten!

Who would have thought that the bow – in our ancestors' times a

tool for hunting and combat – was the precursor of the stringed

instruments of today? This transformation will be reviewed before

the eyes and ears of the audience by four artists sts playing playing wi with a

variety of instruments.

August 14 and 15 – 5.00 p.m., Theater Kosmos

Recommended for the ages 6 to 13

Price: EUR 6

crossculture for children

children's festival

Our youngest friends of the festival are invited

to put together their own musical. They

paint stage scenery, assemble props, practise

singing and rehearse dances. At the end the

excitement mounts because the first night is

drawing near.

July 12 to 17 – 9.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Schule Weidach

Price: EUR 40, Lunch: EUR 40

crossculture academy

academy of the bregenz festival and

the vienna symphony orchestra

For the third season now, soloists of the Vienna Symphony

Orchestra coach aspiring musicians and prepare

them for a professional career in a unique atmosphere.

July 28 to August 6, Bregenz

Course fee: EUR 350, passive participation: EUR 150

one-day pass: EUR 20

Opening concert with tutors of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra

July 29 – 7.30 p.m., Theater Kosmos

Price: EUR 15

Closing concert with participants of the academy

August 6 – 7.30 p.m., Theater Kosmos

Price: EUR 6

crossculture for young people

crossculture night

The big summer event for schoolpupils

and students aged from 14 to

26: The highlight is a performance of

Aida on the floating stage, but you

can attend workshops, guided tours,

stage checks and the concerts on the

Festival Plaza.

July 17 – starts at 2.00 p.m.

Seebühne/Festspielhaus

Price: EUR 7

crossculture workshops

Participants in the crossculture

workshops experience the story

and music of Giuseppe Verdi's Aida

themselves and find solutions by

acting out scenes.

June 28 to July 3 and July 5 to 8

– 8.00 a.m., 11.00 a.m., 2.00 p.m.

Festspielhaus

Price: EUR 6

For information about child care and tickets for

schoolchildren and students: see page 20 | 21

crossculture for young people

crossculture week

Spontaneity, a sense of fun and

passion for music. Band workshops

will be offered by the musicians

of Simon Kräutler & The Gang. for

young people aged from 14 to 20.

July 12 to 17 – 10.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

Theater Kosmos

Price: EUR 40

crossculture tours

Artistic and technical secrets of the

Floating Stage will be revealed on a

tour behind the scenes (admission is

free for children of 10 or younger, for

school groups and young people's

groups).

June 11 to August 22

Seebühne/Festspielhaus

free of charge ggg

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further information

www.cross-culture.at

email: info@cross-culture.at

Phone: +43 5574 407-296


Festival discounts

The „democratic packages“ introduced last year, will be expanded

this season to include the premieres. Instead of choosing

between ’ready-made’ packages, visitors who book tickets to

three or more events can now benefit from the SeePlus discount.

This discount consists of one full-price ticket to a lake

performance plus a 30% reduction on all other bookings.

SeePlus isn’t only supposed to provide festival visitors with

cut-price tickets. Our 'democratic discount' also carries

an important message. The Festival programme offers a

carefully selected mix of popular and challenging, new and

familiar events. For the true Festival experience, the visitor

should sample the broad spectrum of events on offer – and

that’s exactly what we want to encourage you to do with our

SeePlus discount. So, make your choice, make it varied –

and enjoy your summer at the Bregenz Festival!

David Pountney, artistic director

Discount SeePlus

Customers who book tickets s s

for at least two other events s

at the same time as tickets

for the opera on the lake receive

a reduction of 30 % on

those other events thanks to

our SeePlus discount. The full

price will always be charged

for tickets for the opera on

the lake.

Discount Orchestral Concerts

Customers who book tickets for

at least three Orchestral Concerts

at the same time receive a

discount of 20 %. The program-

mes of the orchestral concerts

are listed on page 28 | 29.

Dates: July 25, August 1, 2, 9 and 15

Discount Music & Poetry

Customers who book all performances

of Music & Poetry

at the same time receive a

discount of 20 %.

The programme of Music &

Poetry is listed on page 29.

Dates: July 25, August 8 and 15

Art Of Our Times (KAZ) Pass

Customers who buy an Art Of

Our Times Pass for EUR 25 pay

only EUR 8 for admission to any

event in the Art Of Our Times

(KAZ) programme. This is wor-

tthwhile

if a customer wishes to

aattend

three or more events.

We recommend that customers

book the tickets they require at

the same time as buying an Art Of

Our Times (KAZ) Pass, since the

Art Of Our Times (KAZ) Pass does

not count as an admission ticket

and each performance has to be

booked individually. The programme

of Art Of Our Times is listed on

page 32 | 33.

The various discounts and

passes cannot be combined

with each other.

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