Rufus Hearts Opera

It should come as no surprise to anyone who’s heard his last few albums, but Rufus Wainwright confesses his love for opera in this New York Times article. Tomorrow night he’ll be a guest performer at New York City Opera’s Opera For All event.

Mr. Wainwright is discouraged by what he sees as a lack of sympathy for opera among members of his own generation, including gay people, who, for whatever reasons, have traditionally included a solid contingent of opera buffs.

“Every child should have to go to the opera, and gay people should almost be tricked into loving it,” he said. In the middle of the night at a rave, when all the revelers are peaking on Ecstasy, he said, “they should turn the music off and put on ‘Samson et Dalila,’ just to scare them sort of, and show the other side of bliss.”

Also, you can catch a glipse of Rufus’ dad Loudon Wainwright III as a priest at the end of The 40-Year-Old Virgin.