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

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


norman lebrecht

February 08, 2020

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.


  • V.Lind says:

    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.

  • Emil says:

    She also sang in Jacques Hétu’s Fifth Symphony, performed in the same concert: https://www.ledevoir.com/culture/musique/572560/critique-concert-le-sens-du-patrimoine

  • fflambeau says:

    Who cares?

  • laurent says:

    Absolute anti-Trump…!

  • Charles Clark-Maxwell says:

    From Wiki

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