Prima Donna's first performance to take place in Manchester

Rufus Wainwright‘s first ever opera ‘Prima Donna’ is set to premiere at the Manchester International Festival on Friday July 10, and the singer has admitted that writing it has exhausted him.

Talking about the piece which is partially inspired by Maria Callas and written and sung in French, Wainwright has said it wasn’t ‘easy’ to write, despite his songwriting background.

Wainwright, speaking to the BBC, has explained: “No matter how trained or how knowledgeable or fit you are, it’s always gonna take every little ounce of your being to do. And there’s no easy way around it. But that’s the point of opera – it’s a full body experience.”

‘Prima Donna’ is to run from July 10-19 at Manchester’s Palace Theatre.. Shows are also then set take place in London, Toronto and Melbourne. Dates to be announced.

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