NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
A former diva confronts her demons in the stunning debut opera by on eof the most distinctive figures in popular music today. Acclaimed singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright has long been a fan of opera. Now he has written his own: a modern spin on the grand Romantic tradition.
★★★★ A love song to opera
Set in Paris in 1970, Prima Donna depicts a day in the life of Régine Saint Laurent, a once-adored soprano who suddenly and mysteriously quit the stage after achieving the greatest triumph of her career. Now, six years later, she contemplates a comeback, spurred on by the unexpected resurgence of romance in her life. But love, as any opera buff knows, can be a dangerous emotion.
After thrilling UK audiences last summer, Prima Donna makes its North American debut in a new production co-commissioned by Luminato and staged by renowned opera director Tim Albery, who brought Luminato audiences last year’s sensational The Children’s Crusade. For lovers of opera and contemporary music alike, this is one of the must-see events of the year.
Commissioned by Luminato, Manchester International Festival, Sadler's Wells, and Melbourne International Arts Festival.