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Rufus Wainwright will workshop - Hadrian at 'Opera Fusion' collaboration / Cincinnati CityBeat

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Rufus Wainwright, the Pop singer/songwriter who has been expanding his interests into Classical music, is set to be workshopping his new opera here in late fall. It is called Hadrian and, besides Wainwright's music, has a libretto by Canadian playwright Daniel MacIvor. Commissioned by Toronto's Canadian Opera Company, it is scheduled to have its premiere there in 2018 with MacIvor as its director. Wainwright and MacIvor have been selected to be here in 2017 as part of the Opera Fusion: New Works program, a collaboration between the Cincinnati Opera and University of Cincinnati - College Conservatory of Music's Opera Department. Dates have not yet been set and could change, but an Opera spokesperson said it is looking at December. Both Cincinnati Opera's Marcus Küchle and CCM's Robin Guarino confirmed the general details.

Since 2011, Opera Fusion has racked up an impressive record for workshopping operas that go on to fully staged performances, including Cincinnati Opera's Fellow Travelers and Morning Star and Opera Theatre of St. Louis' Champion. Last year, Opera Fusion brought Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage and composer Ricky Ian Gordon here to workshop an operatic adaptation of her play Intimate Apparel that had been commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera.

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