Pledge Update From Rufus

Apr 17, 2014

Dear Fans,

Just a little update from your favorite Rufus, who is sitting at the airport on his way to Los Angeles. New York Town Hall was an amazing experience. The “Hallelujah” chorus sounded better than ever. Thank you so very very much to everyone who joined me on stage to help support the recording of Prima Donna. We are also making some good progress with talking to various record companies about releasing the recording and also the concert tour that I would love to do around the release.

Jorn and I spent the weekend in Montauk before the New York show and found a whole bunch of the white rubber wedding bracelets that we gave to each of the guests at the wedding and also the wedding programs. Since this was the most special day in our lives and since this is probably the most special project that I have embarked on we both felt it would be okay to share the ones that were left over from August 23rd 2012 with you and make them part of the exclusives on the Prima Donna Pledge Music campaign. Both Jorn and I still wear our bracelets as it was not only a very special day for the two of us but such incredible fun and being surrounded by so many people one cares about was truly amazing. An orchestra played some excerpts from Prima Donna when we walked down the aisle, they also played the Meditation from the opera Thais which is one of Kate’s favorite pieces who of course was sorely missed that beautiful August day and Martha sang “How deep is the Ocean” by the great Irving Berlin.

I also decided to part with two stage outfits. The one that Viktor and Rolf gave me that I wore pretty much on the entire European leg of the “Best of” tour which you have seen on stage probably many times and an outfit that was given to me by the late Alexander McQueen that I wore on stage many times and the last time at Sting’s 60th birthday at the Beacon Theater in New York. It was a pretty incredible night with Lady Gaga, Herbie Hancock, Billy Joel all performing. I sang “Wrapped around your Finger” and there is a nice video here. They are both still in good shape, fit me perfectly (you guys know my size, right?) and yes, they are coming dry-cleaned.

Now, I do hope that there will be some more people signing up for the “Hallelujah” chorus in LA and San Francisco. Don’t be shy. I love to have my supporters in back of me and helping me through that song. If anyone filmed the entire “Hallelujah at Town Hall, could you send me a link as we did not get a great video of it.

Sorry, have to stop typing along, the doors are closing and the plane is about to take off. And Happy Passover and Easter everyone!!!

Love, Rufus

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New Dates And Presales

Apr 17, 2014

Rufus has recently added three new US dates to his already busy touring schedule: He’ll perform at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley on June 24, Chautauqua Auditorium in Boulder, CO on July 28 and the Carolina Theatre in Durahm, NC on November 8.

Presales for these new shows, as well as Rufus’ previously announced Ravinia Festival show on June 25, will begin next week. Please see the Tour page now for exact start time and details.

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Rufus: In Conversation On April 26

Apr 10, 2014

On April 26, the day after his sold-out show at Paris’ Gâité Lyrique, Rufus will appear at Columbia Global Centers – Europe for an in-depth public interview. Presented by The Arts Arena and titled “Rufus Wainwright in Conversation: Running the Gamut”, this free event is sure to make for a fascinating evening. Fans can reserve seats by emailing

For more information, please click here.

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An Update From Rufus

Apr 10, 2014

Dear Fans,

It is with huge gratitude that I write to you. Not even three weeks ago did we start our campaign to raise funds to record my first opera Prima Donna and we are already over 47%. But it is also with urgency that I write to you as we have almost a bit more than half to go to make this happen. Writing my first opera was probably the most dramatic thing in my life, which is already pretty dramatic to begin with. So much of me is in that piece, the triumphant and hesitant diva, the obnoxious and plotting butler, the innocent maid and the brash journalist. And it is with great gratitude that I am writing my second opera, Hadrian, but more on that later.

I was just in London to do a show at the Drury Lane Theater. London has a very special place in my heart. I started my career in the US but it was the UK that really embraced me heavily. In London we also did the “Hallelujah” chorus for the first time. Over 60 fans joined me on stage to sing the chorus on “Hallelujah” and since they were so incredible I decided to leave them on stage and join me on “Poses” as well. I was impressed and it made me really look forward to writing for choir in my new opera, Hadrian. Below is a picture and we are posting the video on the PledgeMusic campaign page .

We have four more “Hallelujah” choirs to do. NY next week, followed by LA and San Francisco. Reading some of the comments online it seems people had a really great time. Check out my message board here and sign up for NY, LA and the two SF shows.

Also a special shout out here to my friends in Australia and New Zealand. At your fervent request we offer “Hallelujah” chorus, special VIP, and the “Feux d’Artifices” dedication experiences on my next trip down there. I will be back for sure and the more you Pledge the more I look forward to coming.

I will also be posting some exciting new personal items to be sold for the campaign in the next few days.

I am having many conversations in the next few weeks with record labels and a company who might want to set up a tour around Prima Donna. And will also continue my conversations with Francesco Vezzoli to produce something quite special for those Prima Donna orchestral shows.

I also heard in London that Universal is really pleased how Vibrate is doing so thank you everyone for buying that album. If everyone who bought Vibrate would also prebuy the Prima Donna album starting at a mere $15 USD on I would already be in heaven.

And you might have heard that yesterday the Luminato Festival announced a next big project of mine: If I Loved You: Gentlemen Prefer Broadway — An Evening Of Love Duets. I will be singing classic Broadway love duets with an all male cast including David Byrne, Glen Hansard, Josh Groban, Andrew Rannells, Ezra Koenig, Brennan Hall, Steven Page, and the incomparable Boy George. June 14th at the Sony Center. More info here.

See you on the tour and please join the community of Prima Donna pledgers.



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Luminato Announces If I Loved You

Apr 8, 2014

The Luminato Festival announced its 2014 lineup today, and among the highlights is the world premiere of If I Loved You: Gentlemen Prefer Broadway — An Evening Of Love Duets at the Sony Centre For The Performing Arts on June 14.

Conceived and created by Rufus along with Tony-winning musical director Stephen Oremus, the star-studded show will feature artists like David Byrne, Boy George, Josh Groban and Rufus himself singing some of the most adored love songs of Broadway, “performed exclusively by men and to men”. Tickets for this one-night-only spectacle — a WorldPride Major Partner Event — will go on sale this Saturday, April 12 at noon EDT. For more information, please visit

If I Loved You won’t be Rufus’ only Luminato appearance this year: He will also participate in a TimesTalksLuminato session, moderated by New York Times pop critic Jon Pareles, set for June 15 at MaRS Discovery District. More information on that event can be found here.

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A Note From Rufus

Apr 7, 2014

Dear Friends,

I was overwhelmed when over 60 people joined me on stage last night at the Drury Lane Theater in London. Here is a picture of the “Hallelujah” chorus. You guys sounded absolutely fantastic and I wish I could tour with you, but there are other opportunities — in New York at Town Hall on the 15th; LA at the Orpheum on the 18th; and in SF on the 19th and 20th — to form other “Hallelujah” choruses with me and Pledge your support for the Prima Donna Campaign.

If you want to sign up, please go to this link. I would love to hear you sing. And just remember, the Pledge does not substitute your ticket to the concert. You will still need to have a ticket.

Love from London, I am singing tonight for my friend Jean Paul Gaultier at the opening of a retrospective of his work at the Barbican. I saw it in Montreal and in Brooklyn and it was absolutely beautiful.



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USA Today Premieres Bitter Tears Video

Apr 2, 2014

Earlier today, the good people at USA Today premiered the long-awaited video for Rufus’ “Bitter Tears”.

Filmed in Buenos Aires in 2013 and directed by the brilliant Charly Braun and featuring some marvelous dancing  by Ollantay Rojas and Lisandro Eberle, head to now to see the stunning results!

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Prima Donna Album: Fill the Last Hallelujah Slots in London

Apr 1, 2014

Dear London Fellow Singers,

We have just added the last slots for the Hallelujah Chorus that the Drury Lane allowed us to fill on stage. Anything beyond that won’t fit on the stage. Your support and enthusiasm has been incredible and I hope that we can really fill the stage up tightly with your gorgeous voices who will join me on “Hallelujah” on Sunday.

We are at 40% of the campaign goal now. If you have a ticket to the show and want to join in the chorus go here.

And don’t worry if you think your voice isn’t good enough. The secret of a great choir singer is to know when they just have to open and close their mouth without a sound coming out of it.

Love, Rufus

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