Prima Donna, Rufus Wainwright's cross-over opera originally planned for the Met, is premiering this week at the Manchester International Festival. The reviews are mixed, but everyone is taking him seriously, & it seems that at least the work doesn't suck. Entartete Music located a video of Mr.Wainwright stumbling through an aria that sounds minimalist.
The New York Times appreciated it. The Financial Times would see it again. The Guardian was guardedly positive. The Omniscient Mussel found it worthwhile. Many note that Mr. Wainwright showed up at the premiere in 19th century Verdi drag.