Rufus Wainwright's Opera "Hadrian" (Featuring my Lyre Theme) is a Dora Award Winner!


I am delighted to announce, that Rufus Wainwright's second opera, "Hadrian", featuring Wainwright's incredible, dissonant adaptation of my ancient lyre theme, "Hymn to Zeus" in two of the scenes, is the winner of the 40th Anniversary Dora Mavor Moore Award for "Outstanding New Opera"

As well as winning in this category, "Hadrian" was also nominated in seven categories in total, for the 2019 Dora Awards.

The Dora Mavor Moore Awards recognises excellence in professional theatre, dance and opera in Toronto.

On Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 49 Dora Mavor Moore Awards, the Silver Ticket Award and the Jon Kaplan Audience Choice Award were presented.

Here were all the "Hadrian" Opera nominations:

Outstanding Production

Outstanding New Opera – writer Daniel MacIvor and composer Rufus Wainwright

Outstanding Performance of an Individual – Ambur Braid

Outstanding Performance of an Individual – Thomas Hampson

Scenic Design – Michael Gianfrancesco;

Projection Design – Laurie-Shawn Borzovoy

Outstanding Costume Design – Gillian Gallow

Outstanding Lighting Design – Bonnie Beecher

Rufus Wainwright's "Hadrian" premiered at the Four Seasons Centre for Performing Arts in Toronto on 13th October 2018.

The first dreamy and atmospheric adaptation by Wainwright of my "Hymn to Zeus", was in Act II, Scene IV; when Hadrian was allowed to travel back in time to relive the moment he first met his lover, Antinous: 

The second, extended and intensely dramatic adaptation of my ancient lyre theme in "Hadrian" was in Act III, Scene VIII; when Hadrian is allowed to travel back in time - to finally discover the truth about Antinous's tragic death:


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