When Rufus Wainwright stages excerpts of his opera, Prima Donna, on Sunday, there are two ways to watch: You can purchase tickets to the event, which is being hosted by the Guggenheim and performed by the New York City Opera, or you can sit in front of your computer.
The performance will be live broadcasted by UStream, followed by both a panel and a live “conversation” online via the Guggenheim’s Works and Process Twitter handle. While it won’t be the grand unveiling of the opera—that honor went to the Manchester International Festival—it will be the first time that Wainwright’s story of an aging opera singer is performed in America.
The singer-songwriter, who may be better known for his baroque pop albums and affinity for Judy Garland, has been working on Prima Donna since 2007, and if you like what you see, the opera will be performed in full at the Brooklyn Academy of Music for a week in late February.
If you like what you see on your computer screen, keep your Sunday evenings open: The Guggenheim is hosting a series of events, including performances by the American Ballet Theatre and the Pacific Northwest Ballet, all to be simultaneously shown on UStream.