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Rufus Wainwright Facts
Music sensation whose hit songs and albums were inspired by classical opera.
His interest in opera developed shortly before he reached his teens; he was sexually assaulted when he was 14 and struggled for many years to come to terms with the incident.
His debut album, "Rufus Wainwright," was an instant hit, with Rolling Stone naming him Best New Artist of 1998.
He was the son of folk singer and actor Loudon Wainwright III and folk singer Kate McGarrigle; his sister was Martha Wainwright; his parents were aware of his homosexuality at an early age, but they simply could not handle it and chose to never address it.
He toured with fellow musician, Tori Amos, to promote his second album, "Poses," in 2001.