Oh, Canada! Governor-General sings in Yannick’s chorus

It has been intimated to us that the Governor-General of Canada, Julie Payette  – effectively the head of state beneath the Queen – rehearsed and performed among the sopranos in Mozart’s C-minor Mass with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Choeur Métropolitain.

The performances were in Ottawa in Wednesday and Montreal the following night.

Yannick annoucned her participation after the first performance, to tumultuous applause.

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  • I remember hearing when she was appointed that she was a very accomplished musician, who had sung with the OSM, Tafelmusik and other professional choirs. This woman is an engineer, was an astronaut and speaks six languages.

    As G-G, she has a coat of arms. Hers includes as crest a musical stave bearing the first notes of the second movement of Alessandro Marcello’s Oboe Concerto in D minor Sable.

    Apparently a woman of parts.

  • From Wiki

    “She is fluent in French (her mother tongue) and English, and can converse in Spanish, German, Italian and Russian

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