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Bregenz Festival: from the lake stage to the opera Unter den Linden

Bregenz Festival: from the lake stage to the opera Unter den Linden


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With “Carmen” and “Rigoletto” she was an inspiration: Elisabeth Sobotka has been running the Bregenz Festival since 2015. Now she’s following the call from Berlin. Who will follow in their footsteps in Lake Constance?

Daniel Barenboim celebrates. “It’s a stroke of luck for the state opera,” said general director of music at the State Opera Unter den Linden in Berlin yesterday when Bregenz Festival director Elisabeth Sobotka was appointed as the new artistic director. From September 2024, the 56-year-old will be managing the Opera House, which is one of the most famous in the world. In Bregenz, Sobotka quickly became a stroke of luck after a somewhat uninspiring start. At the beginning of 2015, the Viennese native came to the festival from the Graz Opera and initially harmonized the colorful experimental program of her predecessor David Pontine in a more conservative way. And the first marine opera under her direction, “Turandot” by Puccini, was not convincing either in terms of directing concept or stage design.

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