Bregenz Opera Festival 2019; 17 July - 18 August 2019


General information

4 days and 3 nights
Austria (Bregenz)
Ireland (Dublin)



Bregenz Opera Festival

Opera on the Lake; Carmen

4-days, €1239pps

Departing 13 August 2018

Direct flights from Ireland

Balance due 56 days prior to
tour departure date

Luxuriate in Carmen at the magnificant Brezenz Opera Festival. Marvel at what you see and hear on our interesting excursions. Explore the beautiful and historic St.Gallen and enjoy a boat trip on Lake Constance.

The beautiful Lake Constance in Austria is home to the spectacular Bregenz Festival. "Opera on the Lake" features some of the most amazing outdoor stages ever built. Founded in 1946, the festival presents a monumental open-air opera performance in an unmatched intensity.  Over the course of it's history, the Brezeng Opera Festival has built some of the most amazing designs ever seen on stage and 2018 promises to be no different with a magnificant staging of Carmen.

Every summer, the Festival lures huge crowds to its floating stage on the shores of the beautiful Lake Constance providing an extraordinary setting that no opera house can come close to and over  7,000 spectators gather to enjoy a truly overwhelming visual and audio feast of opera.   The Brezenz Opera Festival truly is a once in a lifetime Musical and Operatic thrill.

Images: Carmen, copyright Bregenzer Festspiele, Karl Forster

Carmen, neidrige Auflosung, copyright Bregenzer Festspiele, Lisa Mathis, pigrafik

Carmen, neidrige Auflosung, copyright Bregenzer Festspiele,Marcel Hagen, studio 22

 Lindau, Rathaus, Dacher, Copyright fotograf David Knipping, bildnachweis, Lindau Tourism and Kongress

 Insel Mainau Schloss, copyright Mainau, Peter Allgaier




Day 1 – Thursday 16 August 2018

Your tour will start with an early morning flight to Zurich airport. Your flight with Aer Lingus departs Dublin airport at 07:10 and arrives Zurich airport 10:40(please note that flight times are subject to change at airlines discretion). On arrival, meet your local guide for coach transfer to the 4* Vienna House Martinspark hotel in Dornbirn where you are booked for three-nights on a bed and breakfast basis.

Enjoy the afternoon at leisure and in the evening a three-course welcome dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant.

Day 2 – Friday 17 August 2018

After breakfast coach transfer to the beautiful city of Lindau.

Lindau is a historic old town situated on an island in Lake Constance covering barely 70 hectares. The city offers centuries-old buildings, lively squares and picturesque alleyways. The well-known harbour entrance with its Bavarian lion and white lighthouse is set against an impressive panorama looking over the Alps and Lake Constance. On the lakeside promenade which is the most attractive on Lake Constance, there are numerous cafés where you can watch the maritime activity in the harbour.

Lunch at leisure

After lunch explore the lake by water on a boat trip from Lindau harbour.

Early dinner at hotel. After dinner, coach transfer to Bregenz to the Opera on the Lake for the evening performance of “Carmen” with Category 1 tickets.

Start time: 21:00

Carmen by Georges Bizet
Opera in four acts (1875)
Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy
based on the novella by Prosper Mérimée
Sung in French with German surtitles
Music director Paolo Carignani | Jordan de Souza
Stage director Kasper Holten
Stage designer Es Devlin
Video designer Luke Halls
Costume designer Anja Vang Kragh
Lighting designer Bruno Poet
Sound designer Gernot Gögele | Alwin Bösch
Choral director Lukáš Vasilek | Benjamin Lack
Choral director children's choir Wolfgang Schwendinger
Choreographer Signe Fabricius
Stunt choreographer Ran Arthur Braun
Dramaturg Olaf A. Schmitt
Diamonds! Spades! ... Death! The cards Carmen is using to tell her own fortune do not augur
well. She will die, followed by Don José. Briefly in love with him, she then spurns him because
he’s not ready to follow her unconditionally and live as a smuggler. She then welcomes the
advances of the bullfighter Escamillo.

The fateful moment when Carmen throws the cards into the air gave Es Devlin the idea for her stage design on Lake Constance. The British stage designer has created sets for pop acts like Adele, U2, Take That, the Pet Shop Boys and Kanye West. The playing cards in Kasper Holten’s production can do much more than tell fortunes: they are performing areas for soloists, choral singers, dancers, stuntmen and smugglers. Also, projections on their surface conjure up the different worlds of bullfighting, cartomancy and passionate love. The melody that French composer Georges Bizet found for the passion of soldier Don José has become immortal, as has the song Carmen sings when she comes out of the cigarette factory where she works, her famous Habanera about the unruliness of love. Her wild dance in Lillas Pastia’s bar, the Seguidilla, the Toreador’s Song and the march into the bullfighting arena are “earworms” too all over the world. For the Danish stage director Kasper Holten this opera about destiny and obsession centres on two people who are treated as outsiders, whose paths cross and who cling to each other in a passionate but unhealthy relationship.
Extract taken from the Brezenz Opera Festival.

Coach transfer back to hotel at the end of the evening.

Day 3 – Saturday 15 August 2018

Excursion to Mainau Island.

Mainau is an island in Lake Constance, often referred to as Flower Island because of the stunning floral arrangements on the island. The island is owned by the Swedish born noble family Bernadotte. One of the island highlights is a greenhouse with tropical climate and thousands of butterflies. Depending on the season, 700 to 1000 colorful butterflies fly free between the visitors through the tropical landscape. Enjoy lunch on arrival and afterwards enjoy a guided tour of this stunning island.

Day 4- Sunday 16 August 2018

Today visit the beautiful town of St. Gallen in Switzerland as you head back to Zurich airport for your return flight. Marvel at the magnificent buildings of the Abbey Precinct including the Cathedral, dating from the Late Baroque period and the world famous Abbey Library with its impressive collection of original manuscripts, named a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 1983. Lunch at leisure before departing for the airport. Flight departs Zurich airport at 21:30 and arrives Dublin 22:45 (please note that flight times are subject to change at airlines discretion).

Price includes

Return flight from Dublin, taxes and transfers
• Three-nights in the four-star Vienna House Martinspark in Dornbirn
• Three-course dinner on two evenings
• Excursion to Mainau Island with lunch included
• Excursion to Lindau
• Walking tour of St. Gallen
• First category to Carmen on 14 August 2018
• Private coach and guide assistance for all transfers and excursions

Price does not include

Booking Information

• Price is inclusive of one piece of hand luggage. Checked in luggage is extra according to airline fees at time of booking. Please advise at the time of booking should you wish to check-in a bag.
• Single supplement €113
• A non-refundable / non-transferable deposit of €350 per person is required at time of booking (by debit card, cheque or credit card
• Minimum numbers required to travel or deposit refunded.
• Prices, flight times & listed itinerary are subject to change. Please note that flight times are subject to change at airline discretion and changes to flight times are out of our control.
• Booking terms and conditions apply

Please note:
The opera on the Lake Stage is an open-air event. The special atmosphere of the Lake Stage is appreciated by visitors from all round the world. The decision on whether or not to go ahead with a performance on the Lake Stage is taken shortly before it is scheduled to start. In spite of today's high-quality forecasting technology, it is still difficult to determine exactly how the meteorological situation will develop. For this reason, the festival organisers decide on the basis of the current weather situation. From 8 p.m. weather updates are broadcast regularly on loudspeakers around the festival grounds. There may be delays and interruptions due to bad weather. We therefore recommend the visitors bring warm, rainproof clothing. If the outdoor staging does get cancelled for weather reasons, category 1 are valid for the semi-staged performance in the Festspielhaus.