Opera at The Bay!


Verdi’s Thrilling Masterpiece Performed on the Breathtaking Bregenz Lake Stage

12:00pm, Saturday, February 15th

All seats: $15
No passes
Doors open 11:15 am

Run Time: 140 minutes (incl. 15-min. intermission)

Language: Italian, with English subtitles

Rating: PG13

Giuseppe Verdi’s masterwork – compelling, blood-curdling and beautiful – is being performed for the first time on the breathtaking water stage of Lake Constance, Bregenz. One of Verdi’s most popular works, Rigoletto is an unforgettable tale of a sacrifice and revenge; of a father’s rage and a daughter’s shame. It features several of opera’s best-known arias-including Rigoletto’s passionate denouncement “Cortigiani, vil razza dannata,” Gilda’s dreamy “Caro nome” and the Duke’s instantly recognizable “La donna è mobile.” Rigoletto was first performed in 1851 and is the first of the extraordinary “middle-period” trio of Verdi masterpieces that also includes La Traviata and Il Trovatore.

Directed and designed by Philipp Stölzl, this timeless tragedy will delight audiences with a powerhouse combination of entertainment and emotional intensity from the spectacular shore of Lake Constance, Bregenz.

Please Note: Rigoletto on the Lake contains a sequence of flashing lights, which might affect viewers who are susceptible to photosensitivity.


Giuseppe Verdi – Rigoletto

Bregenz Festival 2019

Opera in three acts (1851)
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave Adapted from Victor Hugo’s Le Roi s’amuse (1832)


Duca: Stephen Costello
Rigoletto: Vladimir Stoyanov
Gilda: Mélissa Petit
Sparafucile: Miklós Sebestyén
Maddalena / Giovanna: Katrin Wundsam
Monterone: Kostas Smoriginas
Marullo: Wolfgang Stefan Schwaiger
Borsa: Paul Schweinester
Ceprano: Jorge Eleazar
Contessa: Leonie Renaud
Paggio: Hyunduk Kim

Music director: Enrique Mazzola
Stage director/Lighting designer: Philipp Stölzl
Stage designers: Philipp Stölzl, Heike Vollmer
Costume designer: Kathi Maurer
Assistant stage director: Philipp Krenn
Sound designers: Gernot Gögele | Alwin Bösch
Choral directors: Lukáš Vasilek | Benjamin Lack Dramaturg Olaf A. Schmitt


Wiener Symphoniker
Prague Philharmonic Choir
Bregenz Festival Chorus
Stage Music in cooperation with the Vorarlberg Conservatory of the Wiener Philharmoniker