with Laura Gibson
Saturday, April 8 – 9 p.m.
BUY TICKETS ($39.50 General Admission)
BUY FESTIVAL PASS ($164)
Beloved Canadian-American alt-pop crooner-turned-opera-composer Rufus Wainwright has released eight studio albums, three DVDs, and three live albums.
The son of folk singers Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III, he has collaborated with an impressive range of artists including Elton John, David Byrne, Mark Ronson, Joni Mitchell, and Burt Bacharach. At the age of 14 he was named Canada’s best young musician and later received the Juno Award for Best Alternative Album. His album Rufus Does Judy, a tribute to legendary American actress and singer Judy Garland recorded at Carnegie Hall in 2006, was nominated for a Grammy.
Wainwright’s acclaimed first opera, Prima Donna, premiered at the Manchester International Festival in July 2009 and has since been presented in London, Toronto, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York. It was released as a double CD/vinyl recording with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 2015, and Deutsche Grammophon also released an album of Shakespeare Sonnets set to Rufus’ music on April 22, 2016, in celebration of the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.