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Breughel, June said

“Adams : Nixon in China. Théâtre du Châtelet – du 10 au 18 avril 2012. Ensemble Orchestral de Paris. Mise en scène par Chen Shi-Zheng avec June Anderson (Pat Nixon) et Sumi Jo (Madame Mao)” [ODB Opéra]

A Prima Donna’s progress

090708 Prima Donna MIFLa Cieca is told that Rufus Wainwright announced tonight from the stage of Carnegie Hall (not pictured) that his maiden oeuvre Prima Donna will be performed by the New York City Opera in 2012. (Photo: Clive Barda)

Riposte modern

rufus_thumb“I’m not advocating a tonal takeover of opera, I would just like there to be a little more space for opera as entertainment. Brahms made room for Strauss Jr, Wagner for Rossini, and I think there’s enough room for me now, God knows its not too crowded or anything.” [Times Online]

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The return of the comeback

It’s safe to say that there has been a lot of talk about Rufus Wainwright’s opera Prima Donna, which received its London premiere this week.

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Le film d’artifice

Call this Prima Donna: The Opera: The Documentary: The Trailer. Plus it includes a glimpse of tween Rufus playing Scarpia. 

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Les feux d’artifice s’approchent

According to the always reliable Zachary Woolfe, among the beans spilled at the NYCO “Koch” Gala last night was the strong suggestion (from no less than Rufus Wainwright himself) that a production of Prima Donna is planned for an upcoming George Steel-planned season. [New York Observer]

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The clown with his pants falling down

Oh, La Cieca just hates herself when she get a detail wrong. It seems that languid wunderkind Rufus Wainwright will not be performing his hit aria “Les feux d’artifice” at the gala opening of the New York City Opera saluting noted teabagger David H. Koch. The air will be performed by an actual operatic soprano, and Rufus will favor the dressy audience with a rousing rendition of “That’s Entertainment!” from his Judy Garland tribute.

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A feux good men

Reformed twink turned Verdi impersonator Rufus Wainwright has joined the ranks of Koch fanciers who will perform at the American Voices concert relaunching the NYCO on November 5. The Roofster will play and sing, yes, that song again, ”Les feux d’artifice” from Prima Donna, providing respite from NYCO singers present and past including Samuel Ramey, Lauren Flanigan, Amy Burton, Joyce Castle, Anna Christy, Joyce DiDonato, Anthony Dean Griffey and Measha Brueggergosman. [Playbill]

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l’artifice vrai

Newly beardless Rufus Wainwright once more graced the annual “Last Song of Summer” concert to benefit Robert Wilson‘s Watermill Center last weekend.  (Rufus’s boyfriend Jorn Weisbrodt is the Creative Director of the Center.) Despite a “miraculous last minute change of venue to the Field House at The Ross School’s lower school campus on Butter Lane due to the threat of Tropical Storm Danny,” the girly Gesamtkunstwerker managed to regale the crowd with a morceau from that opera of his. As hamptons.com describes the scene, Rufus opened with “Grey Gardens,”  then going into “Faux,” also sung in French from his opera [...]

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manhattan melodrama?

The atmosphere around Gotham may become rather more bizarre sometime in the next couple of years when Rufus Wainwright brings his opera Prima Donna into New York. 

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