andré chénier opera on the lake at bregenz

12 Aug

under the artistic direction of david pountney, stage designer david fielding brings the opera ‘andré chénier’ to life
for the ‘opera on the lake’ floating stage (‘seebühne’) of the 2011 bregenz opera festival in bregenz, austria.

the waterproofed set is built directly into lake constance, mounted upon a concrete core anchored into the base of the lake,
while wooden poles support accessory structures of the stage. fielding’s design for ‘andré chénier’ is dominated
by an oversized face and torso– modeled after the revolutionary jean-paul marat– from whose left eye
streams a series of stairways. an open book to stage right of the figure is frequently highlighted throughout the performance
with special lighting effects, ranging from sculptural installations to elaborate gobos that cast shadow scenes along its pages.
at water level, a floating platform, ‘carried’ by what appears to be the hand of the statue, moves in response to plot action.
other mobile set pieces rise in and out of the water over the course of the performance.

written by italian composer umberto giordano, the opera retells a story of love and death during the french revolution.
the bregenz festival performances oft he show run through august 21st.

more info on the festival website

director: keith warner
set design: david fielding
lighting design:
davy cunningham
costume design:
constance hoffman
lynne page
sound design:
wolfgang fritz

featuring conductors ulf schirmer, luke vasilek, and benjamin paint
with the wiener symphoniker, prague philharmonic choir,
and bregenz festival choir respectively.


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