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Tour Dates

01/16/2019Kirby Center for Creative Arts / Kingston, PA
01/17/2019Byham Theater / Pittsburgh, PA
01/18/2019The Swyer Theatre at The Egg / Albany, NY
02/22/2019Festival Theater / Adelaide, Australia
02/23/2019Melbourne Zoo / Parkville, Australia
02/25/2019Melbourne Recital Centre / Melbourne, Australia
02/26/2019The Enmore Theatre / Newtown, Australia
02/28/2019Canberra Theatre Centre / Canberra, Australia
03/02/2019Auckland Town Hall / Auckland, New Zealand
03/03/2019Opera House / Wellington, New Zealand
03/28/2019Tokyo International Forum / Chiyoda-ku, Japan
03/29/2019Tokyo International Forum / Chiyoda-ku, Japan
04/01/2019Cirque Royal / Brussels, Belgium
04/02/2019Tandem National Scene / Arras, France
04/04/2019Le Pin Galant / Merignac, France
04/05/2019L'Olympia Bruno Coquatrix / Paris France
04/07/2019Teatro de la Laboral / Gijon, Spain
04/08/2019Teatro Nuevo Apolo / Madrid, Spain
04/09/2019Gran Teatro del Liceu / Barcelona, Spain
04/11/2019Volkshaus / Zurich, Switzerland
04/13/2019Kampnagel K6 / Hamburg, Germany
04/14/2019De Oosterpoort / Groningen, Netherlands
04/15/2019Koninklijk Theater Carre / Amsterdam, Netherlands
04/17/2019Konserthus Oslo / Oslo, Norway
04/18/2019Konserthuset Stockholm / Stockholm, Sweden
04/19/2019DR Koncerthuset / Copenhagen, Denmark
04/21/2019Royal Albert Hall / London, United Kingdom
04/22/2019Symphony Hall / Birmingham, UK
04/24/2019Bridgewater Hall / Manchester, UK
04/25/2019Glasgow Royal Concert Hall / Glasgow, UK
05/21/2019Grand Theatre de Quebec / Quebec, Canada
05/22/2019Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier / Montreal, Canada
05/23/2019National Arts Centre / Ottawa, ON

Rufus Wainwright: Bio

Affectionately referred to by Elton John as "the greatest songwriter on the planet" and praised by the New York Times for his "genuine originality," Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation.  The New York-born, Montreal-raised singer songwriter has released seven studio albums, three DVDs, and three live albums, including the fantastic Grammy nominated Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall, which captured his celebrated Judy Garland tribute performance at the London Palladium in 2007, and the album Release The Starswhich went Gold in Canada and the U.K. Rufus has received Juno Awards for Best Alternative Album in 1999 and 2002 for Rufus Wainwright and Poses, respectively, and nominations for his albumsWant Two (2005) and Release the Stars (2008). He was nominated for Songwriter of the Year in 2008 for his Release the Stars album. He also composed the original music for choreographer Stephen Petronio's work BLOOM which has toured across the country. Musically Rufus has collaborated with artists including Elton John, David Byrne, Boy George, Joni Mitchell, Pet Shop Boys and producer Mark Ronson among others. His most recent collaboration is on the title track of Robbie Williams' latest album, Swings Both Ways, which was co-written with renowned musician and producer Guy Chambers and sung as a duet between Rufus and Robbie. In addition to being a celebrated contemporary pop singer, Rufus has made a name for himself in the classical world. His much acclaimed first opera, titled Prima Donna, premiered at the Manchester International Festival in July 2009. The opera was subsequently performed in London at Sadler's Wells in April 2010, in Toronto at the Luminato Festival in June 2010 and at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Howard Gilman Opera House in February 2012. Now fully established as a composer of operas, Rufus has been commissioned by the Canadian Opera Company to write his second opera based on the story of the Roman Emperor Hadrian and Antinous. The new opera will premiere in Toronto in October 2018. Rufus has also distinguished himself by playing original orchestrated pop songs and pieces from an extensive classical repertoire with well-respected opera singers and orchestras around the world. Wainwright was commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony to compose "Five Shakespeare Sonnets," a five-movement suite that sets the texts from selected Shakespearian "Sonnets" to orchestra and voice. "Five Shakespeare Sonnets" premiered in the US in 2010 and debuted in the UK in 2012 with the sixty-piece BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Rory MacDonald. Rufus worked on a theatrical adaption of "Five Shakespeare Sonnets" with the famed director Robert Wilson at the Berliner Ensemble in 2009. Other recent achievements include the 2012 world premiere of Sing Me The Songs That Say I Love You: A Concert for Kate McGarrigle, the feature length music documentary starring Rufus, Martha Wainwright and their family and directed by Lian Lunson. The film captures the May 2011 tribute concert honoring Rufus' late mother, the great singer songwriter Kate McGarrigle. Nonesuch Records released a record, Sing Me The Songs That Say I Love You: Celebrating the Works of Kate McGarrigle  which included  songs from the movie as well as selections from the three tribute concerts  for Kate given in London, New York and Toronto and featuring performances by Rufus, Martha, Anna McGarrigle, Emmylou Harris, Richard and Linda Thompson and many others. The movie and the record are both available on iTunes and Amazon. In 2014, Universal Records releasedVibrate: The Best of Rufus Wainwright, a new career-spanning collection that features eighteen standout songs defining one of music's most innovative talents. Included in the collection are three brand new recordings, "Me and Liza", "Chic and Pointless" and "WWIII." Also released on CD and Blu-ray is Rufus Wainwright: Live from the Artists Denwhich captures Rufus' inspired performance at New York City's Church of the Ascension in 2012. Rufus recently completed his PledgeMusic campaign to record Prima Donna: The Album, a studio recording of his first opera with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He describes, "It is vitally important to me that Prima Donna be properly recorded and released so that I can tour a concert version of it in the coming year, and I have decided to do this with the help of both PledgeMusic and the incredible BBC Symphony Orchestra which in turn requires your generous support." Rufus chose the PledgeMusic direct-to-fan platform so his supporters can partake in the album-making process through behind the scenes updates and exclusive views into the creative journey, which will see Prima Donna released on CD and vinyl.

1 Wainwright: Prima Donna - Act 1, Overture  
2 Wainwright: Prima Donna - Act 1, Scene 1  
3 Wainwright: Prima Donna - Act 1, Scene 2  
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25 Wainwright: Prima Donna - Act 2, Overture  
26 Wainwright: Prima Donna - Act 2, Scene 1  
27 Wainwright: Prima Donna - Act 2, Scene 2  
28 Wainwright: Prima Donna - Act 2, Scene 3  
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30 Wainwright: Prima Donna - Act 2, Aria  
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38 Wainwright: Prima Donna - Act 2, Scene 12  
Rufus Wainwright - Prima Donna (Making of Part1)
Rufus Wainwright - Prima Donna (Making of Part2)
Rufus Wainwright - Prima Donna (Making of Part3)

Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright releases his debut opera, Prima Donna, for the first time on audio since its 2009 premiere at the Manchester International Festival.  The recording, just released on October 2 on Deutsche Grammophon/UMC follows the live event, Prima Donna: A Symphonic Visual Concert held at the Athens Festival in Greece in September. Prima Donna's central character, a retired Diva struggling to make her return to the stage and regain her former years of greatness, was inspired by the BBC Lord Harewood interviews with Maria Callas in her later years.