When the commission came through from New York's Metropolitan Opera, [Rufus] Wainwright became inspired by the most obvious of tales: a day in the life of an opera singer. Prima Donna will explore "the construct of the diva, from Maria Callas to Norma Desmond, and the Jean-Jacques Beineix movie Diva, from the 80s. And God darn it, there's a bit of me in that too".Eh!?
Wainwright will be composing the opera as well as writing its libretto - in French.
Possibilities: leg-pulling; not-for-the-main-stage; improbable success; disaster.