The French conductor Frédéric Chaslin went into the Vienna pit last night to conduct Massenet’s Werther.
Before dropping a downbeat, he took as selfie – as one does – with the Vienna Philharmonic’s concertmaster of the past 30 years, Reiner Honeck (l.).
Honeck quietly ran through his working day: three hours stage orchestra of Hansel und Gretel with Thielemann in the morning, Mahler’s ninth symphony rehearsal with Barenboim in the afternoon and three hours of Massenet in the main house before bedtime.
‘My fingers are warm,’ he told the night’s conductor.
Aftershow pic: Barenboim, Garanca, Chaslin