Breaking: Bregenz shuts down

Almost at the moment that Salzburg declared itself ready to put on a mini-festival, the Bregenz Festival called off its summer.

Bregenz operates by filling 7,000 seats on the floating stage.

The most it can hope for under eased regulations is 1,000.


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