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University of Oxford (United Kingdom)
Music Composition
Heart of Darkness—An Opera

Tarik O’Regan has been cited in the British national press to be one of the most exciting composers to emerge in recent years. His orchestral music has received high-profile performances by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and BCMG, while his choral music has been performed by many of the UK’s top choirs, including the BBC Singers, the Cathedral Choirs of Winchester and Edinburgh and the Choirs of New College, Oxford and Clare College, Cambridge.

At Radcliffe, O’Regan will work on the composition of his first chamber opera, Heart of Darkness, to be premièred in London in 2007. Based on Joseph Conrad’s novella of the same name, with a libretto by Tom Phillips, R.A., the opera takes its cue from Orson Welles’ brutally stripped-down 1938 radio adaptation. The contemporary relevance of Conrad’s timeless and ever-timely tale needs no underlining; his novella, which heralded the twentieth-century, remains especially relevant as we enter the twenty-first.

O’Regan’s compositions have been described as “skillful and elegant” by The Sunday Times (London) and “beautifully imagined” by The Financial Times (London). His music has been selected for a variety of international festivals and for regular broadcast on television and radio. Previously printed by Oxford University Press, his compositions are now published exclusively by Novello & Company.

This information is accurate as of the fellowship year indicated for each fellow.
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