We spent a magical evening at the Bregenzer Festspiele in Bregenz, Austria (2h drive from Stuttgart). The play was Turandot, one of the most famous arias composed by Giacomo Puccini for his last opera. The Chinese princess Turandot has commanded that no one is to sleep – nessun dorma – for the night because by daybreak she has to find out the name of a mysterious prince – or else return his love. So far she has kept men away by means of a brutal oath: any man that wants to conquer Turandot must first solve three riddles; and if he fails he is beheaded. Like so many men before him, the unknown prince is spellbound by her appearance. He's the first suitor to solve all three riddles. But he wants her heart, so he sets a riddle of his own. If she doesn't discover his name by morning, he's ready to go to his death.
It's an annual event and this year it ends August 23rd.