Rufus Wainwright's residency at the Royal Opera House is billed as "five nights of velvet, glamour and guilt". Perhaps the words "post-oedipal melodrama and Sunshine coast caravan park wouldn't quite fit on the posters. It is remarkable enough that one Canadian-American songwriter, more acclaimed critically than commercially, should be afforded a week of his own at the Royal Opera House. Wainwright's House Of Rufus extravaganza spans two petite performances of Rufus Does Judy Wainwright's cover version of Judy Garland's Carnegie Hall appearanceone night split between Rufus and his sister Martha Wainwright, and a bonsai version of Prima Donnathe opera Wainwright premiered two years ago.
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We wouldn't get away with this in the US. More remarkable still is this Rufus and Inner circle single dating invitation only double bill. It would not have been imaginable a few years ago. With no little grim irony, it has probably taken the illness and death of Rufus's mother, Canadian folk singer Kate McGarrigle, to orchestrate it.
Tonight's show is not a first. Loudon and Rufus have shared stages several times in recent years. And so it proves, after a fashion. Rufus returns after the interval with " Dinner at Eight ", his own grand slamming of his parents' breakup and his rivalry with Loudon.
It still brings a cottony wad to the throat. Loudon hits back with " A Father and a Son ", a year-old song documenting the strains of his relationship with the teenage Rufus.
There's no little drama lurking in the wings, too. With an illustrious year career at his back, Loudon Wainwright III is, tonight, basically a support act for his son. Just two months on, Pet fish chicago put out his own CD box, encased in velvet, with a hardback book.
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Loudon's set privileges comedy, or so it seems: his songs have a way of hiding heartache in slapstick. If you were to ungenerously pit the men against each other, Rufus's set of his own material Ganesha kundli matchmaking probably the more artistically evolved.
A four-song run of favourites, including " The Art Teacher " and " Going to a Town ", at the start of his set finds Rufus's maple-syrup vocals combining sumptuously with his band's arrangements. The only quibble here is that Rufus played at least three of them the other night, when he shared the billing with Martha.
Are there still subtle rivalries percolating there? Rufus's sister Martha had a baby, Arcangelo, in of which there is a movinghere.
Last February, Wainwright announced the birth of his daughter, Vivawith childhood friend Lorca Cohen, daughter of Leonard. As Wainwright is in a committed relationship with German videographer Jorn Weisbrodt, the mechanics of this conception remain a matter of speculation in the more prurient corners of the internet. Both Arcangelo and Viva are in the house tonight, with Loudon paying tribute to "the next wave". We can probably all look forward to Viva's own searing dynastic piano indictments, out around This may Russian dating app for iphone a spectacularly self-obsessed clan of musicians, but their enduring themes of hate-within-love should resonate with anyone who isn't an orphaned hermit.
Or, as Loudon puts it, we are in "the Soap Opera House" tonight.
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Oh, they can laugh about it now — and they do. Rufus and Loudon start a cover of a regretful Kate McGarrigle song, " Wa dating websites a Long Way ", before it grinds to a halt in a disagreement about timing. Their voices, though, melt into one magnificently once the song gathers the correct pace.
Indeed, despite all the potent oedipal stuff flying around — Loudon's songs about his own father, Rufus's songs about Loudon, Loudon and Martha's hammy accusatory duet, "You Never Phone" — the Wainwright family rancour has been superseded by warmth. Lucy Horny ladies in Sweden Roche appears as well, her clear voice adding another dimension to the delicious four-way harmonies when Loudon and his three eldest children sing together. The Observer Rufus Wainwright.
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