Rufus Wainwright Looks For "Intimacy" On Next Album

Rufus Wainwright Looks For "Intimacy" On Next Album
Rufus Wainwright may be in the midst of composing his first opera but that hasn’t stopped the Canadian pop posterboy from getting set for a proper new studio album. In a recent interview with Billboard, Wainwright said he’s already busy planning his post-opera move and hopes to show more "intimacy” in his follow-up to 2007’s Release the Stars and Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall.

"I'm planning at the moment — and I really want to stick to this — that the album will just be a solo piano/voice, just sitting in the studio alone and making it about the music," Wainwright told Billboard. "It's an opportunity to have this slight moment of intimacy with me — which I know everybody wants."

Wainwright went on to say that he plans to get working on the new album "right after” the debut of his opera, Prima Donna, which opens July 10 at the Manchester Palace Theatre in Manchester. Until then, he plans to focus his energies solely on the stage production.

"The opera's pretty much written," Wainwright said. "I'm sort of in the process of orchestrating it; that is a huge job in itself, so I'm sort of in mid-battle now.

"It's a tall order. I'm definitely putting it all out on the line here, 'cause with opera, if it's not good then it's really bad. That's sort of the sense I'm getting — it has to be pretty great or it's a real drag to listen to."

Rufus Wainwright "Go or Go Ahead” (live)