Brigens The city of Bregenz awarded Alfred Wupmann the Hugo von Montfort Medal. Wopmann was appointed artistic director of the Bregenz Festival in 1983 and was already well known at the time. As a trained violinist, the 85-year-old played for the Vienna Opera and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in the early 1960s. He made his directorial debut in 1972 at the Dortmund Opera House. In the years that followed, he was responsible for about 65 productions in opera houses around the world. As the new artistic director of the Bregenz Festival, he gave his first major performance on the floating stage in 1985 with Jerome Savary, “The Magic Flute”. In doing so, he created an entirely new, dramatic style with a luxurious and technologically advanced collection design. The era of the Wupman was accompanied by significant changes, not only from a programming point of view but also structurally. The first major expansion of the Festspielhaus from 1995 to 1998, with the construction of the workshop stage and the expansion of the outdoor amphitheater for up to 7,000 people, falls under his management. “He made the Bregenz Festival what it is today, which is why I want to thank you on behalf of the city, but also personally, for everything it has accomplished in Bregenz over the past two decades,” says Mayor Michael Rich.
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