Rufus Wainwright

Praised by the New York Times for his "genuine originality," Rufus Wainwright
has established himself as one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his
generation. The New York-born, Montreal-raised singer songwriter has released seven
studio albums, three DVDs, and three live albums, including the fantastic Grammy
nominated Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall.
Musically Rufus has collaborated with artists including Elton John, Burt
Bacharach, David Byrne, Boy George, Joni Mitchell, Pet Shop Boys and producer Mark
Ronson among many others. He collaborated with Robbie Williams on the title track of
his album, Swings Both Ways.
 
In addition to being a celebrated contemporary pop singer, Rufus has made a
name for himself in the classical world. His much acclaimed first opera, titled Prima
Donna, premiered at the Manchester International Festival in July 2009. Rufus was
commissioned by the Canadian Opera Company to write his second opera based on the
story of the Roman Emperor Hadrian and Antinous. The new grand opera premiered in
Toronto in October 2018. Hadrian has been nominated in the best World Premiere
category of the International Opera Awards and won a Dora Award for Outstanding New
Opera.
 
Rufus has also distinguished himself by playing original orchestrated pop songs
and pieces from an extensive classical repertoire with orchestras around the world such as
the Chicago Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Residentie Orchestra, Orchestre National de
lIle de France, the orchestras of the Teatro Real and Teatro Colon, among others.
Wainwright was commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony to compose "Five
Shakespeare Sonnets," a five-movement suite that sets the texts from selected
Shakespearian "Sonnets" to orchestra and voice. "Five Shakespeare Sonnets" premiered
in the US in 2010 and debuted in the UK in 2012.
In 2014, Universal Records released Vibrate: The Best of Rufus Wainwright, a
new career-spanning collection that features eighteen standout songs defining one of
music's most innovative talents.
 
Rufus celebrated the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death with the release of
his latest album Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets on Deutsche Grammophon
worldwide April 22nd, 2016. Performers on the record include vocalist Florence Welch of
Florence + the Machine, Austrian soprano Anna Prohaska; multiple Grammy-nominated
composer and producer Marius de Vries; Sián Phillips, and the BBC Symphony
Orchestra; British actress Helena Bonham Carter, Americans Carrie Fisher and William
Shatner.
 
He has completed a new studio pop album with LA based producer Mitchell
Froom to be released in the spring of 2020. The album's songs and production harken
back to his explosive debut album that celebrates the sound and musical heritage of Los
Angeles. He is working on a number of film and musical projects.