At the age of 13, Rufus Wainwright—best known as a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter—heard opera for the first time. This fateful meeting turned into a life-long love which inspired him to compose his own operas: Prima Donna and, most recently, Hadrian. Listen as Artistic Director Evans Mirageas asks him about his musical inspirations, recent compositions, and life as an artist in two seemingly different musical worlds.
Piano composers: Chopin, Satie, Beethoven
“Liberty Cabbage” is a song composed by Wainwright when he was 16, and he continues to perform it
The film Diva
Prima Donna was Wainwright’s first opera
Memoirs of Hadrian, the novel that inspired Wainwright’s opera Hadrian