.. welcome to Lake Constance and the unique backdrop of the Bregenz “floating stage”. A real treat for all the senses, the Bregenz Festival is a magical cultural experience which never fails to inspire its many summer visitors.
The Bregenz Festival is not just a world class open-air cultural experience set in beautiful scenery. Unforgettable operatic premieres; fabulous concerts in the Festival Hall; avant-garde contemporary artistic performances on the „Werkstattbühne“ stage; pearls of classic opera in the Vorarlberg Regional Theatre: during the months of July and August the summer festival offers over eighty spectacular performances, attracting some 200,000 visitors to the borderland region between the Alps and Lake Constance.
She‘s desired by all and is an object of fascination for the soldiers on guard duty as they smoke and play cards: Carmen. The soldier Don José is ordered to detain her after a fight but she twists him around her finger. He is arrested for his weakness but is soon released. He sees the flower she threw at him as a token of her love and dreams of spending his life with her, even at the cost of losing his rank and status. He hides out with her band of smugglers, ignores Micaëla‘s words of warning, and even imagines he‘s more than a match for Escamillo, the swaggering bullfighter. The latter, however, has long since captured Carmen‘s heart, making Don José mad with jealousy.