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Rufus Wainwright will bring his opera Prima Donna to Auckland as part of the Auckland Festival in 2017. After a cheery greeting, Rufus Wainwright says, "I'm looking forward to coming back down under. Waaaay down under." In March he'll be back again, this time to headline the Auckland Arts Festival for what promises to be a spectacular night of music. He's joining forces with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and the show is split into two halves.

The first is an abridged version of his opera - yes, opera - Prima Donna, while the second is a selection of songs from his popular Judy Garland tribute, Rufus Does Judy, a recreation of Garland's triumphant 1961 Carnegie Hall show.

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