Boning Up At Bregenz

It's going to be Halloween all year in Bregenz, Austria, thanks to the massive new outdoor opera production on the lake stage.

Looming high over the lake is an immense skeleton, his empty eye sockets gazing at the patterns of a dance, printed on the pages of a huge book. This grisly figure is the signature image of the unusual staging of Verdi's A Masked Ball, mounted by the British direction and design team of Richard Jones and Anthony McDonald.

Because Bregenz lake-stage ope

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