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.