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Rufus Wainwright's 5-night London residency to open soon

Rufus Wainwright will begin a 5-night residency at London's Royal Opera House this July. 

The critically acclaimed singer-songwriter will perform from July 18-23, having only the evening of July 20 off, at the exquisite venue in England's capital for a string of shows billed as "House of Rufus: 5 Nights of Velvet, Glamour and Guilt".

His sister, Martha, will join him on July 19 and his father, Loudon, will also make an appearance in what will be a very intimate and somewhat family orientated series of shows. He will also pay tribute to Judy Garland and the complete residency's itinerary, as revealed by the Royal Opera House, is as follows:

  • 18 July - Rufus Does Judy! With Britten Sinfonia conducted by Stephen Oremus.
  • 19 July - An Evening with Rufus and Martha Wainwright and band.
  • 21 July - An Evening with Rufus and Loudon Wainwright III and band.
  • 22 July - Rufus Does Judy! With Britten Sinfonia conducted by Stephen Oremus.
  • 23 July - Concert Version of Prima Donna with Janis Kelly, plus Rufus Does Rufus with Britten Sinfonia conducted by Stephen Oremus.

The dates, which were originally announced at the end of last year, are still accepting ticket bookings and you can watch a recent interview with the musician here: