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Bregenz Festival

Bregenz Festival

Visit the Bregenz Festival and overnight in the Bregenzerwald. This is an ideal combination because Bregenz and the Bregenzerwald are just 30 to 60 minutes by car.

17 July – 18 August 2024

The opera „Der Freischütz“ from Carl Maria von Weber will be staged on the world’s largest lakeside stage from 17 July to 18 August 2024.

An uninviting village in Germany shortly after the Thirty Years’ War: The young scrivener Max loves Agathe, the daughter of the head forester Kuno. But in order to Marry her, the inexperienced marksman Max must participate in an archaic tradition and score in a shooting trial – an unfulfillable challenge for him. The dubious war veteran Kaspar knows this. He convinces the scrivener to meet him at Wolf’s Glen at midnight to forge “free bullets” that never miss their target. Max, who does not see any other way out of his unfortunate situation, sells his soul to the devil. What he does not know, though, is that while six of the cursed bullets will hit their target, the seventh is in the devil’s hands …

Since its premiere in 1821, Carl Maria von Weber’s Der Freischütz has been one of the most popular operas in the German speaking area. In the summer of 2024, it is staged on the Seebühne for the first time. Director and stage designer Philipp Stölzl and the Conductor in Residence Enrique Mazzola team up again in Bregenz following the phenomenal success of Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto.

Musical Director Enrique Mazzola, Erina Yashima
Stage Director | Stage Designer  Philipp Stölzl
Costume Designer Gesine Völlm

Wired Aerial Theatre | Bregenzer Festspiele Extras 
Bregenzer Festspiele Choir | Prague Philharmonic Choir
Wiener Symphoniker


17 July 2024 – 9.15 p.m., Seebühne


19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31 July – 9.15 p.m.
1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 16, 17, 18 August – 9.00 p.m.

Bregenzer Festspiele

Platz d. Wr. Symphoniker 1, 6900 Bregenz, Österreich

+43 (0) 5574 407-6