Luminato, Toronto’s annual arts festival, is going where the Metropolitan Opera does not dare to tread.

Upshot: in June 2010, Toronto will scoop New York with the North American premiere of Prima Donna, a much-anticipated first opera by singer/songwriter and cult favourite Rufus Wainwright. It’s the story of an aging soprano in 1970s Paris, attempting a comeback and trying to vanquish the ghosts of her past.

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