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Rufus Wainwright is a Canadian-American singer-songwriter. He has released six studio albums of original music: Rufus Wainwright (1998), Poses (2001), Want One (2003), Want Two (2004), Release the Stars (2007), and All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu (2010). In addition, he has released two live albums: Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall (2007) and Milwaukee at Last!!! (2009). Several of Wainwright's singles have appeared on the UK Singles Chart, including "I Don't Know What It Is" which peaked at #74, "Hallelujah" which peaked at #100, and "Going to a Town" which peaked at #54.
Wainwright's first major recognition came from Rolling Stone, when the magazine named him 1998's "Best New Artist" after the release of his debut album. Since then, he has received nominations from the BRIT Awards, Genie Awards, Grammy Awards, Meteor Music Awards, MOJO Awards and Shortlist Music Prize, but has yet to receive one of these awards. He has received two Juno Awards from seven nominations. For his success and excellence as a LGBT artist, he has been awarded once (from four nominations) by the Gay & Lesbian American Music Awards, and four times (from six nominations) by the GLAAD Media Awards. Overall, Wainwright has received 9 awards from 32 nominations.
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Prima Donna is an opera composed by Canadian-American singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright to a French language libretto which he co-authored with Bernadette Colomine. It is about "a day in the life of an aging opera singer", anxiously preparing for her comeback in 1970s Paris, who falls in love with a journalist. The opera premiered at the Palace Theatre, Manchester on July 10, 2009 during the Manchester International Festival.
In an attempt to bring younger audiences into the realm of opera, Metropolitan Opera general manager Peter Gelb and André Bishop, artistic director of Lincoln Center Theater, held meetings with several contemporary artists to discuss possible contributions to their innovative commissioning project. According to Bishop, each team would be offered a $50,000 commission and the entire project was estimated to cost around $2 million, split by the Met and Lincoln Center Theater. In August 2008, it was revealed that Wainwright dropped plans to compose a work for the Metropolitan Opera in a dispute over the language of the libretto and the potential date of production. Wainwright wanted the opera to be in French, while the Met and LCT insisted on English. In addition, the Met wouldn't be able to premiere Prima Donna earlier than the 2014 season, and Wainwright insisted he "wanted to get it out as soon as possible".
In October 2008, it was announced that the work would be produced in partnership with Opera North, with Pierre-André Valade conducting the orchestra, Daniel Kramer directing, designing by Antony McDonald, and Janis Kelly performing the lead role alongside Rebecca Bottone, William Joyner and Jonathan Summers. In December 2009, Sundance Channel aired a 90-minute documentary directed by George Scott titled Prima Donna spotlighting the history of Wainwright's career and his attempt to "create classical opera from scratch".
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Release the Stars
is the fifth studio album
by Canadian-American singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright
, released through Geffen Records
on May 15, 2007. Pet Shop Boys
' Neil Tennant
was the executive in charge of production
, and the album was mixed
by producers Marius de Vries
and Andy Bradfield. Wainwright's most commercially successful album to date, Release the Stars
charted in 12 countries, reaching Top 10 positions in Denmark, Norway, and the United Kingdom, and was certified
gold in Canada and the UK. The album generated three singles
: "Going to a Town
", which peaked at number 54 on the UK Singles Chart
"Rules and Regulations
", and "Tiergarten
Wainwright originally planned to create a more simple piano and voice album, but began leaning towards more lush sounds once the recording process started. Guests on Release the Stars include Richard Thompson, longtime friend and fellow singer-songwriter Teddy Thompson, family members Martha Wainwright and Kate McGarrigle, Neil Tennant, Joan Wasser, and actress Siân Phillips. The world tour supporting the album lasted from May 2007 to February 2008, and included tour stops in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. For Release the Stars, Wainwright received two nominations for the Juno Awards of 2008, including Adult Alternative Album of the Year and Songwriter of the Year, and won the Outstanding Music Artist award at the 19th GLAAD Media Awards.
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Rufus Wainwright performing in Chicago in 2005