Rufus Wainwright with the NAC Orchestra

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Rufus Wainwright

Matthew Welch

Canada 150 event

NAC Presentation

Praised by The New York Times for his “genuine originality,” Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation. Raised in Montreal, the singer-songwriter is part of Canada’s musical McGarrigle-Wainwright aristocracy and is a multiple JUNO Award winner and GRAMMY® nominee. He has collaborated with the likes of Elton John, David Byrne, Boy George, and Joni Mitchell, all the while nimbly blurring the lines between pop, folk, camp, and opera, with a journey into the sonnets of Shakespeare thrown in for good measure.

In this extraordinary performance for Canada Scene, Rufus is joined by the National Arts Centre Orchestra and conductor Jayce Ogren for an evening of his best and most provocative music that will, as always, leave us wanting much more.

A singer and composer who's always toyed with ways to pair pop showmanship with a classical musician's finely honed chops.
NPR Music
Canada 150 event


  • Rufus Wainwright - Hallelujah (Live At The Fillmore)

  • Rufus Wainwright - A Woman's Face - Reprise (Sonnet 20)

  • Rufus Wainwright, Helena Bonham Carter - Out Of The Game


  • conductor Jayce Ogren

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