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Prima Donna: The Album

My mission is to record my first opera "Prima Donna." Join me on our journey to accomplish this goal.


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Dear friends,

We are about to embark on an exciting project which will fulfill a powerful desire of mine – to properly record my first opera, “Prima Donna” with a fabulous orchestra and release a double CD and vinyl of that recording. I would love for you to be a part of this journey as we move through the process and create a magnificent product.

“Prima Donna,” was written and performed during the most dramatic period of my life to date, and considering my life, that’s pretty dramatic! New arrivals, death, terrible defeat and glorious triumph line the tale of this work both on stage and off, a tale that is still unfolding and that I would both like you to know and even more importantly, be a part of.

From the early rocky days with the Metropolitan Opera, the valiant premiere at the Manchester International Festival, sold out shows in London and Toronto and finally the firestorm involvement with the New York City Opera at BAM, the tale of “Prima Donna’s” coming to life is already well deemed for a grand opera legend and seems to be growing still.

This is where you come in, the final great chorus!

It is vitally important to me that “Prima Donna” be properly recorded and released so that I can tour a concert version of it in the coming year, and I have decided to do this with the help of both PledgeMusic and the incredible BBC Symphony Orchestra which in turn requires your generous support. Quality studio opera recordings are extremely expensive and too time consuming to pull off these days, and it seems that a once vibrant recording industry is no longer what it was and new methods are needed to get the music out. Though sad, the upside is that everyone in the field agrees that this is a great time to bring the audience into the wonders of the creative process and the myriad of stages the recording of an opera requires. Exciting rehearsals, deep conversations, strange and colorful characters, not to mention many a silly moment, all of this I’m truly excited to experience with you until that glorious moment when the conductor, myself the composer, the orchestra, the singers and the recording crew turn on the red light and put down for posterity my first magnum opus, “Prima Donna.”

For those who don’t know, the opera is a two act affair set on the day in the life of a great diva who is deciding whether or not to continue her career. With Paris as a backdrop, the opera both borrows from operatic myth and legend as well as my own very contemporary personal experiences as a singer. The themes of loss, fear, hope and ultimately acceptance are deeply explored in this work by both the soloists and the orchestra, and I’m very proud that for a first venture into the operatic world I love so much, though not a masterpiece perhaps (that will come much later in my life), “Prima Donna” is a solid and viable offering that both people love performing in and audiences enjoy watching and listening to. It’s vitally important we get a quality recording for generations to come.

Thanks for taking the time to consider this unique offer and rest assured that if you decide to come along for the ride, it’s gonna be a blast, opera style….which is big.


*Please Note: a portion of your pledge will also go to the Kate McGarrigle Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by myself and my sister Martha to raise money to fight sarcoma, the rare and underfunded cancer that took our mother Kate McGarrigle’s life in 2010. The foundation is also dedicated to preserving Kate’s legacy as one of the greatest Canadian singer songwriters.

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5% of any money raised after the goal is reached will go to Kate McGarrigle Foundation.


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Rufus’ opera “Prima Donna” recorded for the first time. Includes download and exclusive updates during the recording process.

Costume Renderings (King Henry)

Costume Renderings (King Henry)
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Antony McDonald, the costume and set designer for Prima Donna, signed prints (8.3” by 11.7”) of the renderings of the original Manchester costumes by designed by him. This is for the character of André le Tourneur, played by William Joyner, as Henry, the King of England.

Prima Donna Messenger Bag

Prima Donna Messenger Bag
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Hard to find limited edition messenger bag from the Manchester premiere of Prima Donna. Only 3!

Conductor's Baton

Conductor's Baton
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Limited edition Conductor’s Baton used during the recording of “Prima Donna.” Each baton will be numbered 1-7 and signed.

JC de Castelbajac Custom Suit

JC de Castelbajac Custom Suit
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This 3 piece suit was custom made for Rufus by JC de Castelbajac. He wore it in Alicante, Spain in 2008 and at many other events through the years.
Sizes: Jacket and Vest: European men’s 48, Pants: US men’s 32

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