The festival and Elisabeth Sobotka extend their collaboration

Contract with artistic director to run until 2024

Bregenz, 13.12.19. The Bregenz Festival and the artistic director Elisabeth Sobotka are extending their collaboration until September 2024. The existing contract was due to terminate in September 2022. The Vienna-born cultural manager has directed the Bregenz Festival since 2015; she was appointed the successor to David Pountney in July 2012. 

The board of the Bregenz Festival Foundation, chaired by the festival president Hans-Peter Metzler, unanimously approved extension of the contract. “Elisabeth Sobotka has led the Bregenz Festival on to new, very great successes and has further developed the festival’s artistic profile in a consistent way. We are looking forward to the coming years together with her,” said Hans-Peter Metzler. He also said he wished to thank all the artists and backstage personnel at the festival.

“The Bregenz Festival is a superb place for artistic processes and developments. I feel fulfilled by my role as artistic director and very inspired by working together with the artists and personnel. I’m very happy about the affirmation I have received in this role,” said Elisabeth Sobotka.  

The Bregenz Festival Foundation, established in 2002, is the one hundred percent shareholder in the private limited company Bregenzer Festspiele GmbH, organiser of the annual summer Bregenz Festival. The board of the foundation comprises the following members: president Hans-Peter Metzler, vice-president Verena Brunner-Loss, vice-president Wilhelm Muzyczyn as well as Michael Grahammer and Sabine Haag. 

The commercial director of the Bregenz Festival is Michael Diem, while artistic director Elisabeth Sobotka is in charge of artistic matters. 

In 2020, Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto returns for its second run on the Lake Constance stage. The Bregenz Festival’s 75th season will open with a performance of Arrigo Boito’s opera Nero in the Festspielhaus. Tickets are available. 

The 2020 Bregenz Festival runs from 22 July to 23 August. For tickets and information please visit or call 0043 5574 4076.



Elisabeth Sobotka

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Pressekonferenz Festspielprogramm 2020

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Richtfest "Rigoletto" 2019

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