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Rufus Wainwright - Prima Donna / classical MPR

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Rufus Wainwright says that his opera Prima Donna was "written and performed during the most dramatic period of my life to date, and considering my life, that's pretty dramatic."
 
That was 2009, when the singer-songwriter - the son of folk legends Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle - premiered the two-act opera at the Manchester International Festival. The work had its U.S. premiere three years later, but hasn't made it to disc until now. After crowdfunding the recording, Wainwright is now releasing the album - on storied label Deutsche Grammophon, no less, with a cover featuring the same instantly recognizable yellow medallion that's adorned releases by Karajan and Kleiber.
 
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