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Rufus Wainwright's Opera, Premiering This Summer!

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Singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright's first opera, Prima Donna, is set to premiere in the UK this July!

After being turned away from the Metropolitan Opera in New York (the singer refused to change the language of the libretto from French to English), Wainwright has secured a spot at the Manchester's Palace Theatre as part of the Manchester International Festival.

"When I started writing the opera it was in French and it takes place in Paris," said the classical songbird of the venue swap. "It made sense - I was brought up in Montreal and I can speak French. The music started to reflect the language. But the Met wanted to commission an American work."

Always remain true to your work!

The opera follows the story of "a faded operatic soprano about to return to the stage after a six-year lay-off," and Wainwright is hoping Prima Donna will transform the current state of the opera genre!

"Opera seems to have been hijacked by intellectual elements… For a long time I wanted to make it a little less intellectual and have more emotional engagement. You have to remember it was a populous form, like the bandstand of its time," Wainwright disclosed.

Good luck!

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36 comments to “Rufus Wainwright's Opera, Premiering This Summer!”

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    No comment.

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    ok here's my comment youtube.com/watch?v=t5V3pvEHoYQ

  4. 4

    Good luck?!?!?!

  5. 5

    U suck!

    perezsucks. t/k

  6. 6

    Who's this dude?

  7. 7

    Hey perez, do you still want your "little boys monthly" magazine?

  8. 8

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    TWO GOOFBALLS has been impersonating different posters on PerezHilton for a very long time.
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  10. 10

    Ugh, this pretentious guy? Every time he opens his mouth I feel like I need to go shower.

  11. 11

    there's an essential stupidity about you el Porco, - a base, narrow understanding of the world. You are so grotesque that if you didn't exist, someone would have to invent you. You're the gay equivalent of a inbred, sub-literate, red neck.

  12. 12

    um.. who? Rufus Humphrey? lol.

  13. 13

    Re: Spindoc – Can I watch?

  14. 14

    Damn Mario…you've sucked all week!You must be focusing on your concert promoting and that "Best Selling Book"!

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  16. 16

    YAY RUFUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. 17

    Re: IMPOSTOR ALERT – and what exactly are you doing? you create an id for this site to post this crap? wtf asswipe?

  18. 18

    BRAVO Rufus for refusing to change your work of art. Americans have to realize there are other languages than english. Merci le beau Rufus d'avoir écrit ton opéra EN FRANÇAIS !

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    I love Rufus! He is Canadian like me :)

  21. 21

    your audience does'nt give a shit about this!

  22. 22

    Do you think Rufus meant to say "populist" instead of "populous"?
    I do.

  23. 23

    This is incredibly exciting! He is an incredibly talented musician,
    and I'm sure the reaction will be incredible from opera goers.

  24. 24

    He says he was brought up in Montreal and can speak French? Ask anybody from France and they will tell you that what they speak in Montreal isn't French. ;)

  25. 25

    hopefully he'll do something for the Met in the future, i love that queer!

  26. 26

    Ain't readin' that gay shit, bitch please!

  27. 27

    Re: Spindoc – What contempt you have for French-speaking Montrealers ! Our French is superb, better than the language spoken in France actually. Get an education and why not learn to speak French, I'll gladly give you lessons.

  28. 28

    He seems like a stuck up douche. Never liked his music.

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    Re: Big Black Dick

    Why are you on a gay board? You need a fist up your butt? I'll fist you so hard you will shoot your hot man juice in the air.

  30. Laxer says – reply to this


    Rufus sure loves Rufus.

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    I like his hallelujah version best
    amazing voice

  32. 32

    Loves it. Perez, want to go with me to see the premier?


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    PS, I think that the losers who commented negatively on this are pathetic. It's really sad that most people these days can't distinguish between true art and the "art" that is Britney Spears' vagina falling out on stage while lip syncing a "song"/trash that somebody else wrote.

    That's all.

  34. 108 says – reply to this


    I'm so excited!!! I love Rufus!

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    AMAZING! Thanks Rufus for kicking some butt. Opera needs to make it back into the limelight. After all, Opera performers truly are the pinnacle of musical talent.

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    Re: RedWingsFan – Rufus Wainwright is so cool and waaaayyyyyyy more talented than a stupid hockey team.
    even more talented than rosie and Ellen combined
    you suck redwing fan