Sunday, October 2, 2011

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Giant Floating Opera Set on surface of Lake Constance

Posted: 02 Oct 2011 06:56 PM PDT

A giant floating stage set up for director Keith Wamer's production of Italian musician Umberto Giordano's opera "Andre Chenier" on Lake Constance, Austria. The director have chosen The Death of Marat, an iconic painting by the revolutionary artist Jacques-Louis David, as the symbol and inspiration for their staging of André Chénier. The opera takes place at the height of the French Revolution, performed on an almost 78-foot high statue of a dying Jean-Paul Marat sinking in the water, which depicts the murdered revolutionary slumped over in his bathtub. On the left of the Marat figure sits an open book where performers will emerge, and to the right, a giant gold mirror.

"André Chénier" is the tragic love story of an idealistic French poet who fought for the Revolution before the tides were turned when a revolutionary's bitter jealousy results in a sentence to the guillotine for the poet.

+ Bregenzer Festspiele

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