Rufus Wainwright

Rufus Wainwright is one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation. He is the son of folk singers Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, and brother of Martha Wainwright. He has achieved success by carving out his own singular sound in the worlds of rock, opera, theater, dance, and film. Wainwright’s first opera, Prima Donna, premiered at the Manchester International Festival in July 2009, followed by appearances in Toronto at the Luminato Festival in June 2010 and at BAM with New York City Opera’s 2012 production of the work. He has released seven studio records, two live records, and two DVDs to date, has appeared on numerous soundtracks and compilations, and has collaborated with Elton John, David Byrne, Rosanne Cash, and Keane. Wainwright’s other successes include Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall, which was nominated for a Grammy and was released concurrently with a live DVD capturing his celebrated Judy Garland tribute performance at the London Palladium in 2007. He also composed the original music for choreographer Stephen Petronio’s work BLOOM, which has toured across the country. Additionally, Wainwright has acted in the films L’Âge des Ténèbres (2007), Heights (2005), and The Aviator (2004). His BAM debut was in 2001 as part of the first year of the Next Wave of Song.