On the Austrian shore of Lake Constance, Bregenz's month-long music and drama festival from late July to late Augustust boasts the world's biggest floating stage, which seats an audience of 7,000 for lavish large-scale operas, usually from the popular repertoire (recent performances include Puccini's La Bohème and Bernstein's West Side Story).
Other venues are the Festspielhaus, for neglected opera and concerts; the Werkstattbühne ('Workshop Theatre'), for contemporary opera and drama; the Theater am Kornmarkt, for operetta; and Martinsplatz, the medieval square in the scenic upper town, for open-air plays. The Festspielhaus is used as an indoor venue if the weather is changeable.
The Opera on the Lake in 2012 is André Chénier by Umberto Giordano. In the Festspielhaus the featured opera is Solaris by von Deltev Glanert.
There will also be a series of orchestral concerts at the Theater am Kornmarkt.
Founded in 1946, the Bregenz festival has grown and diversified to comprise roughly 80 performances that draw more than 300,000 visitors to the historic town at the foot of Pfänder Mountain.