There was another treat for young singers from Quebec this afternoon - an opportunity for three of them to spend time with Marilyn Horne on the stage of the Bourgie Hall with the public present. I was there for the first two. Courage was the least of the qualities to be shown by these brave young people. Marilyn Horne does not pull her punches but both survived without tears, and came out of the experience stronger no doubt.
There was an extremely responsive mezzo - Caroline Gélinas - who showed off her Nobles seigneurs, Salut! She is from the Montreal Conservatoire.
And we then had a very gifted young baritone from the Université Laval in Québec, the oldest university by far in Canada, being a 17th century foundation. This was Hugo Laporte who should have a very bright future indeed.
Interestingly and topically he presented an unusual number, It is enough from Mendelssohn's Elijah. Topical because one of yesterday evening's successful semi-finals candidates sang the same piece in his recital. But I was glad to see that the 24 year old Hugo Laporte yielded nothing at all to his senior colleague n his performance of this piece. Maybe he should also have been in this Voice competition. He would have been a very strong candidate for the prize for the best singer from Québec! Next time perhaps - that will be in 2018.
This evening I will go to Old Montréal for dinner, a chance to get nearer to the 17th century!