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Opera is Rufus Wainwright's 'main squeeze'

Opera is Rufus Wainwright's 'main squeeze'

Classical music is often maligned for its apparent insistence that aspiring acolytes display proper credentials before becoming a true follower. Once admitted to the fold, you must bow to the altar of knowledge and denounce uncomplicated pleasure as the ultimate blasphemy. No matter what denomination you choose (chamber music, new music, opera, orchestra), you can be sure the repertoire is studded with landmines, the detonation of which will instantly out you as a Philistine or worse: not serious. Of course, most people who like classical music aren't this insufferable, but even the most grotesque caricature contains some truth. -------------------- FOR THE RECORD: Rufus...

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