Hailed as one of the most extraordinary songwriters and performers of his generation, Rufus Wainwright’s work runs the gamut from pop to show tunes to opera. He has successfully set Shakespeare sonnets to music, staged an acclaimed tribute to Judy Garland, and written an opera, Prima Donna, which has been performed at the Royal Opera House in London and the New York City Opera.
Wainwright is the son of folksingers Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, and the brother of Martha Wainwright, but he has carved out a musical niche that is all his own. His first two albums (1998’s Rufus Wainwright and 2002’s Poses) won Juno awards for Best Alternative Album. He has made ten albums in total. The most recent, the Mark Ronson-produced Out of the Game, was released in 2012.
Rufus Wainwright has written original music for dance (notably for choreographer Stephen Petronio’s work BLOOM) and film. He has also appeared as an actor in films including Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator and Deny Arcand’s L’age des Tenebres.
We would like to invite you to signing session with Rufus Wainwright after the concert.
‘[Wainwright is] a genre unto himself, a cutting blend of curt, heartbroken black humour and tender romanticism.’
‘When he writes ballets or operas, or drags up for a Judy Garland tribute, he’s not genre-hopping, but confirming that he stands alone, sui generis.’
The programme change:
Mezzo-soprano and opera star Soňa Červená will not appear at the concert. Thank you for understanding.