Prom Night for Rufus

Prom Night for Rufus

Jenna Simeonov

Tomorrow night at Royal Albert Hall in London, Rufus Wainwright will have his debut performance as part of the BBC Late Night Proms. Rufus is Canada’s most chatter-worthy addition to the operatic scene (with his upcoming COC commission, Hadrian), and he’ll be joined by soprano Deborah Voigt to sing a couple of arias from his 2009 opera, Prima Donna. After the arias, Rufus and Deborah will sing that incorrigible duet from Carousel, “If I Loved You”. The night will be conducted by the Canadian Opera Company’s own Music Director, Johannes Debus.

The pairing of Rufus and Deborah seems odd at first glance, but after Rufus’ infiltration of the opera world and Deborah’s Annie Oakley, it could actually be a cool melding of minds. In either case, the idea totally reminded me of this:


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