April 26, 2010 12:00 PM

>• The gay singer, 36, strips down to voice and piano on his latest, All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu.

ON NAMING NEW SONG “MARTHA” AFTER SINGING SISTER MARTHA WAINWRIGHT

We were always close, but we’ve really connected more after our mother died. [Folk singer Kate McGarrigle passed away in January.] We’re both brilliant; otherwise there’d be serious therapy needed!

ON HIS NEW OPERA PRIMA DONNA

Opera is my religion. I wrote it while my mother was very ill [with cancer], and it’s infused with the hunger to live.

ON GAY MARRIAGE

I live with a German, and if we got married, then he’d become an American. That would be very practical for me now. To not be able to do that is difficult.

ON RICKY MARTIN’S COMING OUT

I never started in the closet. There’s a big difference. But there is a reason why Ricky had to hide it so long—there’s still a tremendous amount of homophobia. It’s not an easy road.

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