London (Reuters) – This is NOT your daddy's opera.
Prolific singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, son of Loudon and the late Kate McGarrigle, who died in January, dedicated the opera "Prima Donna" to his mother. Wainwright said he wrote much of it for while he spent time with her during her long illness.
“Opera is the new rock 'n' roll, intoned a programme note for the London premiere of Rufus Wainwright's ground-breaking musical drama, "Prima Donna." Enjoying a short run at Sadler's Wells theatre this week, his marathon composition combined the buzz of a rock concert and the glamour of a classical event.”
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If you can't make it to London, Wainwright's opera will make its North American debut at Toronto's Luminato arts festival this June.