Boat Overturns at Austrian Opera Fest, Singers Wet

Thursday, August 08, 2013 - 09:00 AM

The set for 'The Magic Flute' at the Bregenz Festival, Austria The set for 'The Magic Flute' at the Bregenz Festival, Austria (Flickr/Kecko)

VIENNA (AP) -- A Mozart opera performed at one of Austria's premier music festivals has made an unscheduled splash after a boat carrying three singers overturned and dumped them into a lake.

The Bregenz Festival features an open-air stage in Lake Constance and this year's production of The Magic Flute has the Queen of the Night and two other characters approaching it by boat. But on Tuesday, the vessel flipped, dumping the three in shallow water.

Nobody was hurt and the opera continued after a short pause. Festival speaker Alex Renner said Wednesday that waves had bent a rail guiding the boat.

Queen of the Night Kathryn Lewek made light of things, tweeting: "My Bregenz contract stated I must not be afraid of heights & be physically fit - but nothing about swimming."



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Comments [5]

Concetta nardone from Nassau

In a fit of creativity, I came up with an idea for a cartoon:
Megaladon hears the music, he is a music lover as well as having a monstrous appetite all the time. He hears Pappageno(?) aria playing Magic Flute. The shark quickly gets to the barge, in two bites swallows it. There was also some wine on board the barge and this too, the shark swallows. He swims away, happy, happy. Mozart, food and wine. The other scenario I have is that the barge is carrying crooked politicians of both parties, receiving their envelopes from the various PACS. Megaladon is attracted by the stench they give off, he circles the barge, swallows the politicians and then vomits.
Folks, we all can use a few laughs.
Best wishes

Aug. 11 2013 09:35 AM
concetta nardone from Nassau

Thank you MAK. We can all use a few laughs.
Best wishes

Aug. 10 2013 10:05 AM

Water music?...Thank goodness everyone was OK and I, for one, look forward to and enjoy Concetta Nardone's comments, sharky-snarky and otherwise insightful.

Aug. 09 2013 08:07 PM
Fred from Kew Gardens

Well, the Queen of the Night isn't particularly nice.

Aug. 09 2013 06:33 PM
concetta nardone from Nassau

Thank God Sharknado was not in that lake, nor Megaladon, the prehistoric shark that is supposed to still be around. Yum, Yum, tasty Mozart singers.
Great cartoon potential.

Aug. 08 2013 11:03 AM

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