Wired Aerial Theatre is excited to be working at Bregenz Festival in Austria once again on the production of Rigoletto. Set on a unique, open-air floating stage on Lake Constance, Rigoletto is sure to be a phenomenal delight to the eyes. Directed and designed by Philip Stölzl who has staged successful productions at the Salzburg Festival, Theatre an der Wien and the Staatsoper in Berlin and Dresden.
For the first time, Guiseppe Verdi’s masterpiece is being performed for the first time on the Bregenz lake stage. The compelling, blood-curling but beautiful opera will provide a mixture of spectacle and intimate chamber drama. Rigoletto, the court jester jokes about the licentious ways of his master the duke, whom he actively supports in his various conquests. His laughter incenses Monterone, whose daughter has been dishonoured by the duke, and it sticks in his throat when Monterone curses him. Without realising it, Rigoletto becomes an accomplice in the kidnapping of his own daughter Gilda, whom he protectively keeps confined to the house. She sees the duke's advances as a chance to escape from her father's custody. 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 body into the water, he hears the duke singing his cynical credo "La donna è mobile" and fears for his daughter's life …
Rigoletto premieres on Wednesday, 17th of July 2019. To purchase tickets go here.
Credit: Bregenzer Festspiele / Moodley