Georges Bizet’s “Carmen” opens this years Bregenz Festival in Austria.
The magnificent music, libretto and performances are complimented by a unique stage and set design that floats on Lake Constance.
Es Devlin is the set designer: “If you are not interacting with the water, you just float your stage above and who cares, but because we’re playing on the water and in the water, it’s a real issue. So we’ve made a stage that can vary every single night with the tide.”
Stage director Kasper Holten is the outgoing Director of Opera for the Royal Opera House in London. He approached Devlin five years ago to work on the project, he wanted a show which cohabits with the surroundings:
“In Carmen, we’ll see a story that doesn’t just put a theatre on a lake, but that includes the water, includes the sky above us, includes the setting. And that the nature helps us tell the really dramatic moments in this story.”
The music festival runs until 20th of August in Bregenz in Austria.