Daily Archives: August 24, 2011

Set Design: Andre Chenier Stage – Bergenz Opera 2011

This is really amazing. It’s hard to believe that this is an actual 3-dimensional stage set, and it huge, over 60 feet high. Every second year a different opera is performed on an ellaborate stage built into the waters of Lake Constance in Bergenz, Austria.  For the 2011-2012 season director Keith Warner and set designer David Fielding chose The Death of Marat, an iconic painting by the revolutionary artist Jacques-Louis David, as the symbol and inspiration for their staging of the opera, André Chénier. The waterproofed set is built directly into Lake Constance, mounted upon a concrete core anchored into the base of the lake. Fielding’s design for ‘André Chénier’ is dominated by an oversized face and torso, from the left eye streams a series of stairways. An open book to stage right of the figure is frequently highlighted throughout the. 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. The proscenium itself seats 6,800 persons in stadium seating. If you’ve seen the last James Bond movie, The Quantum of Solace, a few scenes take place at the Bergenz Theater and the 2007-08 production of Tosca.

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