On Wednesday night we went along to see Umberto Giordano's "Andre Chenier" on the floating stage in Bregenz, Austria.
Bregenz is about a 90 minute drive from home and we set off early, expecting to arrive about 6.45pm with plenty of time to wander about and have dinner somewhere before the 9.00pm start. About 7km out of Bregenz we hit the traffic jam of all traffic jams - everyone was flooding into town for the show. We sat for 90 minutes and only travelled about 5km.
By this time we were getting more than a little ticked off, so I made the executive decision to whiz down a side street in the hope of skipping past it. Surprisingly it worked! We arrived within about 2 minutes at the venue and then it was a hunt for a car park. We got a park at last, and with lots of wiggling and in-and-out work, I wedged the biggest car in Germany into the smallest car park space in Austria.
No time for a walk around and a leisurely dinner, so we had a bite in one of the festival catering areas and headed to our seats, facing the amazing floating stage. The stage was designed around the painting "The Death of Marat" by Jacques-Louis David in 1793.
|The Death of Marat, Jacques-Louis David, 1793|
|Andre Chenier stage, Bregenz|
The opera was sung in Italian with surtitles in German - yay, talk about confusing! That said, it was absolutely amazing, with so much happening and we got a total visual spectacular. Here's the details of the show:-
Opera in four acts, sung in Italian.Duration: 2 hours without break
Music by Umberto Giordano. Libretto by Luigi Illica.
We were lucky enough to experience Verdi's Aida on the floating stage in Bregenz last year, and it was also totally amazing. If you ever get the chance to see these "once in a lifetime" shows in Bregenz, please make the effort - you won't be disappointed.
Click here for the website for the Bregenz Festival so you can see what's what.
|Aida on the floating stage in Bregenz|