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Life, death and opera with Rufus Wainwright / New Zealand Herald

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After a cheery greeting, Rufus Wainwright says, "I'm looking forward to coming back down under. Waaaay down under." Wainwright is in good spirits. He's friendly and funny and very familiar with the long haul trip required to get here. He's been visiting on the regular for yonks. In recent years alone he's lit up the Civic, shared the stage with Paul Simon and headlined the Womad festival. 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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