Rufus Wainwright announces headline Australian shows – March 2015

Melding both the beautifully moving with the powerful and bombastic; the broad spectrum of Rufus Wainwright’s talents will be on full display when he returns to Australia in 2015 to perform his most revered and beloved songs. Following the release earlier this year of Vibrate: The Best Of Rufus Wainwright, this will be Rufus’ first headline Australian tour in nearly three years.

Already announced for WOMADelaide, he will perform across the country including Melbourne’s Palais Theatre on Wednesday 4th March, the State Theatre in Sydney on Monday 9th March and Brisbane’s QPAC Concert Hall on Thursday 12th March. Wainwright will also perform at Taronga Zoo as part of their Twilight At Taronga series.

Without doubt, Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation. The New York born, Montreal-raised singer songwriter has released seven studio albums of critically acclaimed chamber-pop, and two live albums including his fantastic, Grammy nominated Rufus Does Judy At Carnegie Hall.

Rufus has also collaborated with many artists including, most recently, Robbie Williams co-writing and dueting on the title track of his Swing Both Ways album. He has also worked with the Pet Shop Boys, Elton John, Antony, David Byrne, Joni Mitchell, Robert Wilson, Lou Reed, Boy George and producer, Mark Ronson.

In 2009 his first opera, Prima Donna, premiered at the Manchester International Festival, followed by a run at Sadler’s Wells in 2010, and an American premiere for New York City Opera in February 2012 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He has just been commissioned to write his second opera by the Canadian Opera Company based on the story of the Roman Emperor Hadrian and Antinous. The new opera will premiere in October 2018 in Toronto.

Expanding the ever-colourful musical pedigree, joining Rufus on all these dates, will be his sister, Lucy Wainwright-Roche. Born into a musical family in Greenwich Village NYC, Lucy’s parents, various aunts, uncles, and cousins are all musicians. In addition to two EPs and one full-length album already under her belt, last year Lucy delivered There’s A Last Time For Everything. Recorded in Nashville with friend, collaborator and producer, Jordan Brooke Hamlin, they create a dreamy landscape, with Lucy’s distinct voice and truthful song writing serving as the centrepiece of this rich tapestry.

With the tour following the release of Vibrate: The Best Of Rufus Wainwright, audiences can expect music drawn from his wildly eclectic career, including all of the fan favourites. Bear witness to this incredible artist and don’t miss a momentous experience.



Wednesday 4th March Palais Theatre, Melbourne 136 100

Monday 9th March State Theatre, Sydney 136 100

Thursday 12th March QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane 136 246

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