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Rufus Wainwright presents Montreal premiere of Prima Donna at the 2016 Jazz Festival / ETCanada

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We have good news and we have bad news. The bad news is that we are halfway through the 2016 edition of the Montreal Jazz Festival (yes, we're "glass half-empty" people). The good news is that the festival's first week welcomed home Rufus Wainwright in what can only be described as an audio-visual tour de force. In amongst the Montreal-raised troubadour's Judy Garland paean, his musical contribution to Shakespeare's sonnets, and his numerous pop albums is yet another eclectic project: his own opera, Prima Donna.

Wainwright told the Montreal Gazette, "I'm really excited that (festival cofounder) André Ménard and the jazz fest have come to bat for me. … André Ménard has always championed both me and my family over the years. He's not afraid to take risks and force his audiences to go on new adventures. I think we're kindred spirits in that way. He's a wonderful man and this is a great festival. They've been very good to me."

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