Rufus Wainwright to compose opera

Production will focus on day in the life of a singer

Rufus Wainwright is set to compose an opera for the Metropolitan Opera.

The new production will focus on the day in the life of an opera singer.

No details of when or where the opera is scheduled to hit the stage have been released yet, but the singer has told Variety that the commission fulfils an ambition he has had since a child.

“I’ve wanted to write an opera since I was about 14 years old,” he said. “But I couldn’t find a story that I could wrap my head around.”

The singer went on to explain that he was inspired by “the construct of the diva, from Maria Callas to Norma Desmond and the (Jean-Jacques Beineix) movie ‘Diva’ from the ’80s”.

He added, “And God darn it, there’s a bit of me in that too.”

Wainwright has previous experience of the stage. In 2006 and 2007 he recreated ‘Judy Garland At Carnegie Hall’, Garland‘s famous 1961 concert in the famous New York venue.