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06/18/2010

Friday Doc Pick- Prima Donna: The Story of an Opera

Maybe I’m the only one who sings in their opera voice in the shower (TMI?) but today’s doc pick is for the opera singer in all of us. More than anything the documentary is about having a dream and going for it.
Canadian singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright took a dramatic turn in his career as a pop icon when he realized a lifelong fascination by penning his very first opera, Prima Donna, between 2008 and 2009. We follow Wainwright on his creative journey, from his obsessions with opera as a child through the initial staging of Prima Donna at the Manchester International Festival in early July 2009. The film also creates a fascinating portrait of Rufus through comprehensive and revealing interviews, an impressive overview of his musical history, and a host of insights into his youth and his career. And it was just released on DVD this week!

-Tiffany Thwaites

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