I am here in Buenos Aires for the ninth time - but it is a sad visit for our great friend and colleague, Jutta Ohlsson, who had looked after Neue Stimmen and me over the years, passed away just a few months ago leaving a terrible void. She will be terribly missed by the generations of artists she cared for on their visits to the Colón over the forty years she was there. And the many young singers whom she nurtured, and guided through the Neue Stimmen process, owe her a huge debt. I know they are grateful, and I am sad that the next generation will not have that inspiration.
We had the auditions this afternoon and there is a waiting list candidate and another singer whom I am hoping to hear tomorrow who was not with us today following the date change.
I will cheer myself up this evening with a visit to the Colón where Daniel Barenboim and his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra have a concert with none other than the greatest of them all, Martha Argerich. This is, as you may imagine, a major musical treat for me!!! Of which more in due course.