Rufus Wainwright Returns to WHBPAC

Rufus Wainwright. Photo by Matthew Welch

It’s hard to imagine that Sir Elton John endorsed Rufus Wainwright as “the greatest songwriter on the planet” lightly.

The New York-born, Montreal-raised singer-songwriter — who will play the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, located at 76 Main Street, on Saturday, August 18, at 8 p.m. — has established himself as one of the leading male vocalists, composers and writers of his generation, with eight studio albums, three DVDs and three live albums, including the Grammy-nominated “Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall.”

Wainwright has also made a name for himself in the classical world. His first opera, “Prima Dona,” premiered at the Manchester International Festival in July 2009, and his second effort — commissioned by the Canadian Opera Company — is set to premiere in Toronto this fall.

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