10 Things You Should Know About Rufus Wainwright

Praised by The New York Times for his “genuine originality,” singer, songwriter and composer Rufus Wainwright joins the San Diego Symphony Orchestra this November. Here are a few fun-facts you may not know about one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of our generation.

  1. Rufus Wainwright first took up piano at age six and was being trained to sing and be on stage at a young age by his mother.
  1. Rufus landed a record deal after father was impressed by a demo tape he had made and was passed to singer-songwriter and record producer Van Dyke Parks, who gave it to record Lenny Waronker.
  1. Rufus is the son of folk singer Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle which allowed him to begin his musical career at age 13 with the McGarrigle Sisters and Family, which included his mother Kate, aunt Anna and sister Martha.
  1. Rolling Stone named him Best New Artist in 1998 after the debut of his album “Rufus Wainwright.”
  1. In 2006, “Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall” was released. It is Rufus’s sixth and first live album and payed tribute to Judy Garland’s famed 1961 show at New York’s Carnegie Hall.
  1. After his 2007-2008 Tour, Rufus wrote his first opera, Prima Donna for the New York Met Opera, but was turned down due to the libretto being written in French. Instead, the opera premiered in 2009, at the Manchester International Festival.
  1. Rufus perfected his piano skills by attending McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
  1. At a young age, Rufus immersed himself in the world of opera and musicals. He performed in the Cabaret and Godspell.
  1. Rufus Wainwright’s music is categorized in five genres: Baroque Pop, Indie Pop, Operatic Pop, Rock, and Opera!
  1. In 1999, Rufus has won a Juno Award for Best Alternative Album and another in 2002 for the same category.


Don’t miss Rufus Wainwright’s performance this November with the San Diego Symphony! For more information and to purchase tickets please click here.

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