Paris. Bastille Day. 1970. Régine Saint Laurent, once the world’s most revered operatic soprano, is preparing for her return to the stage after six years of silence. But in doing so, Régine is forced to confront the ghosts of her past. Can she defeat the demons that destroyed her career, and emerge triumphantly once more into the spotlight?
Prima Donna is composed by the acclaimed singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright and realised with award-winning director Daniel Kramer, British designer Antony McDonald, leading French conductor Pierre-André Valade, celebrated soprano Janis Kelly and the combined talents of Opera North.
Composer Rufus WainwrightDirector Daniel KramerConductor Pierre-André ValadeDesigner Antony McDonaldLighting Peter MumfordChoreographer Philippe GiraudeauCo-librettist Bernadette ColomineFrench Language Coach Nicole Tibbels
Régine Janis KellyPhilippe Jonathan SummersMarie Rebecca BottoneAndré William JoynerFrançois Steve Kirkham
Performed by the Orchestra of Opera North
Commissioned by Manchester International Festival and Luminato, Toronto.Produced by Manchester International Festival and Opera North.With thanks to Alistair Spalding for his collaboration and support. Developed with the support of Sound and Music.