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Bregenz Festival / Focus on Weinberg: Positive Interim Balance

Despite the difficult weather conditions, the organisers of the 65th Bregenz Festival have registered a positive balance at halftime on their internet site. The reasons for this are well-attended concerts as well as outstanding reviews of concerts focussing on Mieczyslaw Weinberg, this year’s featured composer.

“ ‘(…) our audiences gave standing ovations for performances, some of them sold out, of works by the featured composer Weinberg: one can’t wish for any more than that at the Festival halftime,’ explains Director David Pountney. ‘The Bregenz Festival has succeeded in impressively placed the Polish-Russian composer (...) at the centre of attention. Numerous enthusiastic media voices, up to the highest rating of five stars by the London Daily Telegraph, bear witness to this fact,’ Pountney added.” (...)

“The fascinating Bregenz Festival continues to be an exceptionally successful product on the market and is optimally positioned. (...) ‘With some luck as regards the weather, we could even exceed the high aims at the end of the season. But there are still tickets available for almost all the performances,’ adds Commercial Director Michael Diem.” (...)

“'A convincing portrait at the Theater am Kornmarkt' - At the Theater am Kornmarkt, director John Fulljames was able to convincingly realise the second major Weinberg work of the summer, the satirical opera ‘The Portrait’ based on a short story by Nikolai Gogol. The scenery consisting of mirrors and clever video projections succeeded in presenting a depiction of this story about a young artist suffering qualms of conscience that was at times humorous and at times absurd.” (...)

The Bregenz Festival will continue until 22 August 2010.


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