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Rufus Wainwright

Prima Donna – A Symphonic Visual Concert

Rufus Does Judy – Highlights from the Carnegie Hall Concerts


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Australian Premiere / Exclusive to Adelaide / One Night Only

  • About

    For one glorious night only, the incomparable Rufus Wainwright brings the two works closest to his heart to Adelaide.

    His recreation of Judy Garland’s 1961 Carnegie Hall concert first wowed audiences in 2006 and once again in New York and Toronto in 2016. As a gift to the Australian audience he adores, Rufus will perform a set of the most fabulous and beloved songs from Rufus Does Judy with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

    A new concert version of Prima Donna, his first venture into the world of opera, accompanied by a film directed by Franceso Vezzoli starring the legendary Cindy Sherman, was a highlight of the Avignon and Hong Kong arts festivals this year. (Fans will know the sublime closing aria "Les Feux d’Artifice" from his 2010 album All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu).

    Don’t miss the unique opportunity to see this amazing double bill by the artist Elton John called “the greatest songwriter on the planet”.

    Festival Forum

    Don't miss the free Festival Forum, hosted by David Marr.

    When Where Guests
    Thu 16 Mar, 12.30pm The Riverbank Palais Rufus Wainwright


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  • Credits

    PRIMA DONNA
    Music Rufus Wainwright
    Libretto Rufus Wainwright and Bernadette Columine
    Film Director Francesco Vezzoli
    Film Featuring Cindy Sherman
    Conductor Guy Simpson
    With Jacqueline Dark, Eva Kong and Kanen Breen
    With the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

    RUFUS DOES JUDY
    Vocals Rufus Wainwright
    Conductor Guy Simpson
    With the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

    Images Matthew Welch; Courtesy of Prima Donna; David Leyes

  • Learn More

    Festival Forum

    Don't miss the free Festival Forum, hosted by David Marr.

    When Where Guests
    Thu 16 Mar, 12.30pm The Riverbank Palais Rufus Wainwright


    News

    Leonard Cohen remembered by Rufus Wainwright - The Guardian

    Interview

    READ: Life imitates art - The Adelaide Review
    LISTEN: Rufus Wainwright talks to 891 ABC Adelaide

    Video

    Artistic Directors Neil Armfield and Rachel Healy preview Rufus Wainwright


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Emirates
“A tour de force of politically empowering performance art””

The New York Times on Rufus Does Judy

“A love song to the opera... saturated in the musical styles of opera’s golden age”

The Times on Prima Donna

“Simultaneously old and new, wise and innocent, winking and sincere”

The New York Times

"A firework... in five acts, mixing opera and pop"

La Provence

"A stunning piece, memorable, cultivated and luxuriant in its orchestration"

Le Monde

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