50th Anniversary of the Festivals in Bregenz
The first Bregenz Festival Week took place in 1946 one year after the end of World War II. In those days it was still quite an improvised cultural event. These festivals, among Austria's most successful and internationally-renowned, were originally held on two floating barges - one for the stage set-up of Mozart's "Bastien et Bastienne", and the other for the orchestra. Even then the Vienna Symphony formed the Festivals' orchestra and still today assumes a large role in its growth and success. In 1995 the Bregenz Festivals will celebrate their 50th anniversary. Bregenz's theatrical tradition will be upheld with Beethoven's "Fidelio" on the floating stage and Rimsky-Korsakov's "The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitesh". A popular piece on the floating stage will be contrasted with a less familiar one in the New Festival Theater. The commemorative stamp celebrating this occasion depicts a scene from the "Flying Dutchman".
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