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Murder on the orientation express

The saying goes that no one hits a home run with their first opera. Rufus Wainwright seemed determined to prove this point and then some with Prima Donna, with its risibly clichéd libretto and music that was a pale imitation of Adriana LecouvreurRead more »

You’re the top

“Hadrian leans mournfully against the sarcophagus containing Antinous’s body as five male dancers in G-strings stand statuesque in the background.” [New York Times]

“It’s been a lot of fun”

Joyce DiDonato and Rufus Wainwright will discuss a variety of topics, including the differences and similarities between opera and popular music, the current place of opera in modern culture, why music matters both to them personally and in general, and more.” [SubCulture]

I gave my love a cherry that had no tone

Rufus (Prima Donna) Wainwright sinks his teeth into a little Mascagni, partnered by a very game Sarah Fox.

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“This is the point of no return!”

“My opera will be the grandest of all!”

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Just another prick and the wall

Why Rufus Wainwright is turning a Roman emperor into a cock…

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If you have chunks, prepare to spew them now

For Rufus Wainwright, sitting in a dressing room backstage at Latitude festival, rock ‘n’ roll habits die hard.

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We hold these truths to be self-evident

“Rufus Wainwright Talks Opera Prima Donna and Why the Genre’s ‘Not for Sissies'”

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