The situation today: The same location will be maintained this year, but once more the grandstand will be slightly reduced to do justice to the atmosphere of the World Cultural Heritage site. The St. Gallen Festival now can accommodate approximately 1,900 visitors per performance. The St. Gallen Festival is also one of a kind because of the cycle “Dance in the Cathedral”. Here one can experience the symbiosis of dance, magnificent Baroque architecture and sacred music. The concert program is the third pillar of the St. Gallen Festival, which goes beyond the traditional repertoire with the “Forum for Ancient Music”. The still young St. Gallen Festival is thus a true complement to the existing national and international festival offering. The festival is an outstanding opportunity for the city and region to become an indispensible part of the established festival agenda.
In the summer of 2006, the St. Gallen Festival took place for the first time and was a great success. To date over 26,000 enthusiastic spectators have visited the ten-day Festival, whose highlight is the open-air production of a rare opera in the courtyard of the Abbey.
In the first year, in 2006, the performance was staged in front of an “Arena Grandstand” that faced the administrative building. It had a capacity of 2,500. In 2007, the stage/grandstand was turned and placed before the Abbey towers. The change reduced the number of seats by 300.