Breaking: Bregenz shuts down

Breaking: Bregenz shuts down


norman lebrecht

May 15, 2020

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.



  • John Borstlap says:

    The hands vainly try to build a model of the virus. Could be an ideal backdrop for a new opera: ‘Covid and Corona’, with a plot circling around a love couple on a cruise ship which gets stuck at the coast of California. No doubt Philip Glass is already thinking about it.

  • Bill Ecker says:

    The seats are stationary, the stadium seating is a concrete building on the bank of lake Constance, it’s the stage that floats.