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Rufus Wainwright in Montreal

It appears fans of Rufus Wainwright can look forward to intimacy imbued with drama on Monday June 21st, as the singer-songwriter stops in his hometown to play from his new release, All Days are Nights: Songs for Lulu, 8 p. m. at Theatre St.-Denis.

This concert comes between two lusher, showier events: his French opera Prima Donna which opened last summer in Manchester and ran this month in Toronto’s Luminato festival, and an upcoming fall show with the San Francisco Symphony. The Montreal show on Monday will be pared down to Wainwright and his beloved piano. He will sing from the new release in the show’s first half, and has asked for no applause until the end so the pieces can breathe and remain connected in the audience’s imagination.

There is bound to be some echo of the sombreness this musician and fans of his family have felt after the death in January of his mother, Kate McGarrigle, and the staging will reflect this: Wainwright’s show costume includes a 17-foot-long black cape trimmed with feathers, designed by Michael Jackson’s couturist Zaldy.

The show will include Wainwright’s setting of three Shakespearian sonnets, as well as an excerpt from Prima Donna. After the Montreal date Wainwright will continue his tour in American cities that include New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Rufus Wainwright, June 21, 2010, Theatre St-Denis. Tickets on sale through Ticketpro.

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