May 17, 2012 |
What happens when an indie balladeer with a love for opera sets out to make a true pop album? Singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright decided to find out. Much to the relief of Wainwright's fan base, going pop doesn't mean dropping the piano or enlisting Skrillex to refashion his soft touch into crossover club anthems. Instead, the Canadian American artist who debuted in 1998 with vibrato-soaked ballads and later cemented his reputation with playful odes to vices like cigarettes and chocolate milk, called on one of pop's most stylish producers to helm his seventh solo album, "Out of the Game.
July 11, 2010 |
Classical music is often maligned for its apparent insistence that aspiring acolytes display proper credentials before becoming a true follower. Once admitted to the fold, you must bow to the altar of knowledge and denounce uncomplicated pleasure as the ultimate blasphemy. No matter what denomination you choose (chamber music, new music, opera, orchestra), you can be sure the repertoire is studded with landmines, the detonation of which will instantly out you as a Philistine or worse: not serious.
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January 20, 2010 |
Kate McGarrigle, the Canadian singer and songwriter who, with her sister Anna, recorded a string of critically acclaimed albums of literate and wistfully romantic homespun songs and then became the proud matriarch of an extended folk-rock-pop musical family, died Monday after battling cancer in recent years. She was 63. McGarrigle died at her home in Montreal surrounded by Anna and their older sister, Jane, as well as Kate's children, singer-songwriters Rufus and Martha Wainwright.
December 21, 2009
SERIES Inside the Actors Studio: Kate Hudson has her turn to chat with host James Lipton (7 p.m. Bravo). The Sing-Off: Boyz II Men and Bobby McFerrin perform before the winning group is revealed in the season finale (8 p.m. NBC). Intervention: This episode profiles a singer-songwriter who once was part of a successful band, until he began dabbling in drugs and alcohol to fuel his creative spark and his band fell apart under the weight of his drug use (9 p.m. A&E)
September 20, 2009 |
Martin Scorsese once called Rufus Wainwright a "one-man Greek chorus." The hyperliterate singer-songwriter is the son of folk singers Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, a devoted fan of Judy Garland and recently an opera composer. (His first, the French-language "Prima Donna," premiered this summer.) His next release is a live album, "Milwaukee at Last!!!," which was recorded during a 2007 concert and filmed by documentarian Albert Maysles. Both the CD and DVD are out Tuesday.
August 29, 2008 |
Rufus Wainwright and the Metropolitan Opera have parted ways over the singer-songwriter's new work that the Met had commissioned from him, over both the language and the timing of the piece, his publicist said Thursday. Wainwright, who is French Canadian on his mother's side, insisted on writing his first opera in French, while Met officials wanted this and other new works it commissioned recently to be in English to appeal to the largest possible American audience. In addition, officials at the New York opera company said they wouldn't be able to premiere Wainwright's "Prima Donna" earlier than the 2014 season, while Wainwright has said he wants it to be staged as soon as possible.