Rufus Wainwright lines up spring mini-tour
Fresh off his debut as a New York opera composer, singer/songwriter has lined up a few dates later this spring ahead of his upcoming seventh studio affair, "Out of the Game."
The balladeer kicks off the mini-trek May 9 in Brooklyn, NY, and will follow up with three West Coast venues, finishing up May 13 in San Diego. Dates are shown to the right.
"Out of the Game," due April 23, was produced by Mark Ronson (Adele, Amy Winehouse) and features a variety of guest stars, including Wilco guitarist Nels Cline, Wainwright's sister Martha Wainwright, Sean Lennon and Miike Snow's Andrew Wyatt. The set follows Wainwright's 2010 effort, "All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu."
Wainwright's first opera, "Prima Donna," took its bow earlier this week. Originally commissioned by New York's Metropolitan Opera, Wainwright moved the production to Brooklyn's Academy of Music after running into scheduling and creative differences with the Met.
The opera, which showed briefly in London, Manchester and Toronto before receiving its proper opening in Brooklyn, is scheduled to run through Feb. 25. The opera has received mixed reviews from critics, with the New York Daily News calling it "slow-moving," while Entertainment Tonight praised the work for its dramatic flamboyance.