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Rufus Wainwright's Garland tribute

Rufus Wainwright will pay tribute to showbusiness legend Judy Garland as part of a series of concerts at the Royal Opera House.

The five-day residency at the venue in Covent Garden, central London, will also include appearances by his sister Martha and father Loudon - both singers in their own right.

It will include two performances of his Judy Garland tribute Rufus Does Judy!, a staging of the singer's 1961 comeback concert at Carnegie Hall in New York, and a version of his debut opera Prima Donna which was performed for the first time in Manchester last year.

The self-confessed "opera addict" said the concerts next July would be the only chance for fans to see him in Europe in 2011.

The singer-songwriter explained that he got his love of opera from his mother, folk singer Kate McGarrigle, saying: "It was all that I listened to and all that I cared about for many, many years until I had to go to music school and actually work."

And he said he hoped the performances would appeal to fans of opera and pop music.

He said: "It's a very organic relationship for both the opera world and the pop world.

"The former perhaps needs more of an audience and the latter needs a little more content or a little more variety. It's a great kind of thoroughfare for arts."


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