Rufus Wainwright Composing Opera

Published: 2008-04-30
Pop singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright will be writing his own opera, entitled "Prima Donna", for New York City's Metropolitan Opera. The venture will fulfill a lifelong dream of the Canadian-American artist, who wished to write a story and have it come to life like this since he was the age of 14.

The opera's plot will follow around an opera singer's life in a single day but because Wainwright has only recently been commissioned to compose the piece, no dates for viewing the completed production are known. Few details are known, though it has been said that the story will have four major characters and that the language in which Wainwright is writing is French.

The son of singers Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, as well as brother of fellow singer, Martha Wainwright, it is no doubt that the Wainwrights have music and the performing arts in their blood. In the last two years, Wainwright staged his own version of Judy Garland's 1961 concert at Carnegie Hall, performing all of her songs from her concert record.

In terms of original music, Wainwright's last record was his fifth, named Release the Stars, which came out in May 2007 by Geffen Records.

Writer: Stephanie Ng Wan



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