The world’s largest floating stage is home to the opera Turandot from 21 July to 21 August 2016. Giacomo Puccini’s famous aria Nessun Dorma will be sung on the lake, under the stars. “When it comes to presenting stupendous musical productions in the great outdoors, there is nowhere in the world like the floating stage at the Bregenzer Festspiele.” This is how the spectacle was described by the Heute Journal programme on Germany’s public TV channel, ZDF. “It’s like a stage set – unreal, too beautiful to be true…” We can’t wait to see what it will look like in 2016.
Turandot is Giacomo Puccini’s final work, which was finished after his death by Franco Alfaro and performed for the first time at La Scala in Milan in 1926. This work is characterised by Chinese colours, powerful chorus scenes and characters that are overwhelmed by emotion. Turandot is a Chinese princess who during the night gives the order “nessun dorma”. None shall sleep, because by morning the Princess has to learn the name of the unknown prince whose love she must otherwise reject. To win her love, he has to answer three riddles. This is how she keeps suitors at bay, as anyone who fails is beheaded. But one man cannot be kept at bay, despite the many beheadings and the warnings of her father and minister. Calaf is the first man to answer all three riddles. But he doesn’t just want to win the game; he also wants to win her true love, so he shrouds his identity in a riddle. If the Princess can discover his name before morning then he is prepared to die. Another woman, Liù, knows his name, but she takes the secret to her grave by stabbing herself. Calaf reproaches the princess for her cruelty, then they fall madly in love.
To the floating stage by boat
Experience this unique opera on the lake. Tickets for the event and boat trip are available from Lindau’s tourist information office at Alfred-Nobel-Platz 1.
You also have an opportunity to get yourself into the mood for opera by taking a look behind the scenes on a backstage tour. From 21 July 2016, tours take place every day at 10.30 am, 11.30 am, 12.30 pm, 1.30 pm, 2.30 pm and 3.30 pm.
Tip: Start off your evening on board the MS Schwaben, which will take you from Lindau harbour right to the stage, where it will anchor at the Hotel Bad Schachen. For all Turandot performances, the MS Schwaben leaves Lindau harbour at 7.30 pm. It calls at Bad Schachen at 7.55 pm then arrives at the floating stage in Bregenz around 8.20 pm. It returns immediately after the end of the performance, arriving in Bad Schachen at 12.15 am and at Lindau harbour at 12.30 am. The shuttle ticket costs €22.00, including welcome drink.
In 2016 the Bregenzer Festspiele will once again be showing Giaccomo Puccini’s opera Turandot. In 2017 and 2018 this will be followed by Georges Bizet’s Carmen.