Grieving Rufus Wainwright throws self into work: Aidin Vaziri | Rufus Wainwright didn’t leave much room in his schedule for mourning after his mother, Canadian folk singer Kate McGarrigle, died in January. He released a new studio album, “All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu.” He launched a world tour. He finally brought his much maligned French-language opera, “Prima Donna,” to North America. In the coming week, Wainwright will play concerts in Oakland, Napa and Saratoga. “I definitely had the strategy to work as much as much possible right away after my mother passed away,” the 37-year-old singer-songwriter says, calling from a stop in Connecticut. He sounds exhausted but unflinching. “I think it was a good idea in terms of getting to point B. Also, as a musician, we’ve got to deal with a certain amount of emotion. It’s what we do.” Read more.