Talking backstage with a colleague, I said thought that the conductor’s tempi were all a little fast yesterday evening. My colleague replied that the performance did seem indeed a little “fönisch”. Indeed, we are in the middle of a Föhn-wind period, and the warm winds have melted away nearly all of the snow. The trails, which looked like this at the end of December,
now look like this, with nothing remaining but older, pack-down ice (treacherous in running shoes!)
Some singers are affected by the Föhn, and suffer from headaches. I usually don’t feel anything until it’s gone on for days and we’re all feeling dehydrated and cranky from lack of proper sleep.