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Prima Donna © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Prima Donna © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

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Prima Donna © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

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Presentation

  • Régine Saint-Laurent—played by the exceptional Quebec soprano Lyne Fortin—has lived like a recluse in her apartment ever since she had to give up on her career because of cracks in her voice. An encounter reawakens the demons of the past: André Letourneur, journalist, comes to interview her about her career and her favourite role, Eleanor of Aquitaine, written specifically for her, at the height of her glory. Who's hiding behind this tragic character? Maria Callas, Régine Crespin? Inspired by the intimate and artistic tragedy that haunts every singer, Prima Donna isn't only based on actual people. This opera, written in French and performed by the Orchestre regional Avignon-Provence (conducted by Samuel Jean), is about something deeper: the loss of one's voice seen as a destruction of one's identity. That may be what convinced photographer Cindy Sherman to play the diva in Francesco Vezzoli's film, shown before the concert, and followed by Rufus Wainwright and his piano. A show that alternates between the lyrical and pop repertoires so dear to the singer, conceived as a “lover letter to the great melodies of romantic music,” from Shakespeare's sonnets to Jeff Buckley or Antony and the Johnsons...

    Rufus Wainwright
    The son of Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, Rufus Wainwright (singer-songwriter and pianist) grew up steeped in folk music in the United States and in Quebec. At age thirteen, he composed a song for the film Tommy Tricker and the Stamp Traveller, in which he played himself. It was the first in a long series of collaborations with cinema: Brokeback Mountain, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Moulin Rouge... He released his first self-titled album in 1998, and the albums that followed made him a household name and established his style of sensual and lyrical pop, with a tinge of romantic music. In 2007, he released Release the Stars, the soundtrack to a lost musical for which only the score would remain, and performed the entire Judy Garland 1961 concert at Carnegie Hall—the album, recorded live, would be nominated for a Grammy Award. In response to a commission by the Metropolitan Opera of New York, this fan of Verdi, Puccini, and Berlioz, composed Prima Donna, an opera in five acts for seventy musicians, with a libretto in French. A project that led to a film and, today, a visual concert.

    L'Orchestre régional Avignon-Provence
    Founded in the 18th century, the Orchestre régional Avignon-Provence wasn't always a pit orchestra: it originally accompanied travelling opera troupes throughout the South of France. It was only in 1825, with the building of a theatre where the current Opéra Grand Avignon stands, that the orchestra settled in one place. Since then, the ensemble has become internationally renown for its eclectic repertoire—from baroque to contemporary music—and the remarkable work it does to attract younger audiences. Its guest conductor, Samuel Jean, himself a leading pianist, is one of the foremost specialists of the French repertoire.

  • Distribution

    First part Prima Donna

    Conception, composition Rufus Wainwright
    Video Francesco Vezzoli with Cindy Sherman
    Artistic direction Clo'e Floirat
    Conductor Samuel Jean
    Sopranos Lyne Fortin, Pauline Texier
    Tenor Antonio Figueroa
    With the musicians with l'Orchestre régional Avignon-Provence

    Second part
    Concert
    : Piano, singing 
    Rufus Wainwright

    Production

    Production Rufus Wainwright & Prima Donna LLC, Francesco Vezzoli, Les Visiteurs du Soir
    With the sponsorship of Mr. Pierre Bergé

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