Composer Rufus Wainwright

Nick Higgins

The singer’s cultural obsessions.

“My boyfriend, Jorn Weisbrodt, is heading the Luminato festival in Toronto, a big interdisciplinary arts festival that’s got theater, music, art, opera, ballet, everything. The North American première of my opera, Prima Donna, happened there in 2010, and it’s just a great event.

“I try to make it to the Bayreuth Festival every ten years. It’s a Wagner festival in Bayreuth, Germany, where Wagner lived. He built a theater there, where I saw an incredible production of Parsifal.