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Rufus Wainwright: Prima Donna
Rufus Wainwright: Prima Donna (Decca 074 3397)
SKU: 15101
AU $30.86

Label: Decca Cat. No.: 074 3397 Medium: DVD No. Discs: 1

Rufus Wainwright is a unique singer-songwriter and is one of the few pop musicians with the artistic credentials to be taken seriously in the classical world.

Decca will release a comprehensive 90-minute documentary exploring Rufus Wainwright's life-long interest in opera, the composition of his first opera, Prima Donna, and following rehearsals of the work up to the opening night on 10 July 2009 at the Manchester International Festival.

The opera narrates the story of Regine Saint Laurent (Janis Kelly), once the world's most revered operatic soprano, who is preparing for her return to the stage after six years of silence. But in doing so, Regine is forced to confront the ghosts of her past. Can she defeat the demons that destroyed her career, and emerge triumphantly once more into the spotlight?

The opera was received extremely well by press: 'A love song to opera' (The Times), 'Disarmingly beautiful' (New York Times), 'Thrilling' (Manchester Evening News) and 'Breathtaking design', found The Guardian.

The DVD is an extended version of a TV programme, first broadcast on the BBC in summer 2009 and will include extensive interview footage with Rufus, his parents, sister, boyfriend, Prima Donna's conductor and director, plus endorsements from Renee Fleming. There is extra footage available, including Rufus singing the final Prima Donna aria at the piano and him singing Shakespeare's Sonnet no.20.

The opera will have its North American premiere in Toronto in June 2010. And there will be four performances in London between 12 and 17 April in Sadler's Well Theatre

Composers: Rufus Wainwright.
Tracks: 1.Opening
2.The first workshop
3.The genesis of Prima Donna
4. Melody
5. Montreal
6. The insane range
7. In it for the long run
8. Getting signed
9. Orchestration
10. Leeds & the second workshop
11. The orchestra
12. Shakespeare in Berlin
13. Countdown to the premiere
14. Kate & Zebulon
15. Fireworks

Bonus Features
Sadler's Wells workshop
Leeds workshop
Bringing up baby
The art of opera
Les Feux d'artifice t'appellent (Janis Kelly)
Les Feux d'artifice t'appellent (Rufus)
Poses & Zebulon
Sad With What I Have
Medium: DVD
No. of Discs: 1
SKU #: 15101
Label: Decca
Catalog #: 074 3397
Price: AU $30.86   

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