Composed by Rufus Wainwright
Libretto by Rufus Wainwright and Bernadette Colomine
Conducted by Jayce Ogren
Production by Tim Albery
Rufus Wainwright makes his first foray into opera with Prima
Donna, a meditation on the fine line between fame and failure.
"[A] love song to opera, soaked in the perennial operatic themes of
loss, betrayal, delusion and nostalgia, and saturated in the
musical styles of opera's golden age" (The Times, London),
this work is presented by City Opera in its US premiere after
thrilling audiences at the Manchester International Festival,
Sadler's Wells, and Toronto's Luminato Festival.
Rising star Melody Moore sings the tour-de-force role of a once-acclaimed soprano, haunted by her past success and her present reality as she seeks to return to the spotlight. Director Tim Albery leads this new production featuring a French language libretto by Wainwright and Bernadette Colomine.
Associate direction by Joanna Turner+
Set and Costume Design by Antony McDonald+
Lighting Design by Thomas C. Hase+
Movement directed by Philippe Giraudeau+
Régine Saint Laurent: Melody Moore
Marie: Rebecca Bottone+
Andre le Tourneur: Taylor Stayton+
Philippe: Randal Turner+
Commissioned by Manchester International Festival, Sadler's Wells, Luminato: Toronto Festival of Arts and Creativity, and Melbourne International Arts Festival.