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Rufus Wainwright Reveals New Opera, New Beard

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The opera that Rufus Wainwright has been working on for some time now recently debuted in Manchester, UK.

Wrote the NYT: "There are inspired touches and disarmingly beautiful passages in this mysterious, stylistically eclectic work. With a libretto in French by Mr. Wainwright and Bernadette Colomine, 'Prima Donna' depicts a turning point in the life of a prematurely retired opera singer, a day when she confronts the demons that drove her from the stage and finds new resolve. But Mr. Wainwright’s score and his attitude toward the drama often seem muddled, as if he were relying too much on his keen musical and theatrical instincts lest he overthink and impede his imagination."

The BBC recently broadcast a documentary on Wainwright, his family, and the making of the opera, which you can watch, in six parts, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Damn! He was hot and sexy before, but with the beard he's just hotter. Now he's becoming more of a bear. Yum, yum!! Sexeeee!

    Posted by: Steven | Jul 13, 2009 8:52:59 PM


  2. Why pick perhaps the most favourable of the reviews? The notices have been, in the main, pretty damning - look up the Indepdendent's review, or Bloombergs' on Google News. "Average" is the high point of the consensus.

    Posted by: Alan | Jul 14, 2009 4:40:36 AM


  3. He should write one about a gay composer who lives in a rarified life of privilege, and scoffs at others' discontentment for being denied equal rights.

    Posted by: LD | Jul 14, 2009 8:14:11 AM


  4. Oh Rufus!

    Hmmm, I'm not sure about the opera, but I can't wait to see him at the Osheaga Music Festival this summer!

    Posted by: @Daniel_Baylis | Jul 14, 2009 10:03:20 AM


  5. He's such a pretentious doofus.

    Posted by: JT | Jul 14, 2009 10:07:09 AM


  6. Doesn't he have to gain about 400 pounds to be a bear? Miss Wainwright is doing far too much meth to make weight.

    Posted by: artie | Jul 14, 2009 12:36:33 PM


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