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Wainwright’s opera coming to Toronto

Rufus Wainwright’s first-ever opera, Prima Donna, will have its North American premiere in Toronto next spring.<br />

Rufus Wainwright’s first-ever opera, Prima Donna, will have its North American premiere in Toronto next spring.

The opera was written entirely in French by Wainwright, who was raised in Montreal. He also composed the score.

Prima Donna is set in Paris in 1970 and tells the story of an aging opera singer trying to regain her status as a great soprano.

It was commissioned by Luminato, the Manchester International Festival and the Melbourne International Arts Festival.

Wainwright is the son of folk-singer parents Loudon Wainwright III and Anna McGarrigle.

This year's festival runs from June 5 to 14. Wainwright's opera will debut at the 2010 festival.

“I’m so thrilled to have my opera, Prima Donna, performed at Luminato in Toronto,” Wainwright said in a statement.

“The further I venture through the world of opera the more I realize how daring and risky one has to be in order to succeed in this fickle medium. From the composer to the producer and the hundreds of glorious people in between there must be a steel rod of dedication linking all the elements. Thank you Toronto for having the guts to make it happen.”

Wainwright’s albums include Want Two and Release the Stars.

His Carnegie Hall tribute to Judy Garland was recently nominated for a Grammy Award.

 
 
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