Rufus Wainwright's acclaimed debut album, "Rufus Wainwright", and his sophomore album, "Poses", will each be released in 2LP vinyl editions in gatefold packaging on May 6 by Geffen/UMe. Recognized by Rolling Stone as one 1998's best albums, Rufus Wainwright is highly sought after on vinyl, as it has never been widely released on LP. Selected by NME as a Top 10 album of 2001,Poses features "Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk" and Wainwright's stirring cover of Lennon/McCartney's "Across The Universe." The 2LP release of Poses marks the album's vinyl debut worldwide.
Rufus Wainwright, one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation, has released seven studio albums, three DVDs, and three live albums. He has collaborated with artists ranging from Elton John, David Byrne, Mark Ronson, Joni Mitchell to Burt Bacharach. At the age of 14 he was named Canada's best young musician and later received the Juno Award for Best Alternative Album. His album Rufus does Judy recorded at Carnegie Hall in 2006 was nominated for a GRAMMY®.
His acclaimed first opera, Prima Donna, premiered at the Manchester International Festival in July 2009 and has since been presented in London, Toronto and BAM in New York. In 2010 Wainwright was commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony to compose and interpret "Five Shakespeare Sonnets," a five-movement song cycle that sets Shakespeare's "Sonnets" to orchestra and voice. They have since been performed worldwide by orchestras including the Chicago and Montreal Symphonies.
Rufus' next record, Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets, will be released April 22nd on Deutsche Grammophon and the Canadian Opera Company has commissioned Wainwright's second opera, about Roman Emperor Hadrian, to premiere in Toronto in the Fall of 2018.
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