Tarik O'Regan: Opera Premiere | New Recordings | New Works

Tarik O'Regan: Opera Premiere | New Recordings | New Works
Heart of Darkness is based on Joseph Conrad’s book of the same name, which is widely regarded as one of the finest novels of the twentieth century. Set in Central Africa at the height of European colonialism, this powerful tale explores themes of exploitation and brutality in the oppressive atmosphere of the equatorial rainforest as Marlow, a sea captain, tells the tale of his journey upriver in the equatorial forest to find Kurtz, the once idealistic ivory trader who is rumoured to have developed his remote station into a barbaric fiefdom. All that happens in Conrad’s seminal novel, which heralded the 20th century, still goes on in the world’s many hearts of darkness today. Though the theatres of human degradation migrate from place to place, among nations and continents, they continue to conform to the old recipes.

Heart of DarknessA Chamber Opera in One Act
World Premiere November 1, 2011
Further performances on November 2, 4 & 5
Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London

Music Tarik O’Regan | Libretto Tom Phillips | Conductor Oliver Gooch | Director Edward Dick
Designer Robert Innes Hopkins | Lighting Designer Rick Fisher | Orchestra Chroma Ensemble

New Recordings
National Chamber Choir of Ireland, Paul Hillier conductor, Stewart French guitar
Harmonia Mundi USA HMU 807486
The resultant work here by 33-year-old Tarik O'Regan is of extraordinary beauty - Buffalo News

CD & Downloads
Amazon UK MP3 | Amazon UK CD
Amazon US MP3 | Amazon US CD
Released October 11 (UK & USA)
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SING FREEDOM! African American Spirituals
Includes Swing Low, Sweet Chariot Preview track
Conspirare, Craig Hella Johnson & Company of Voices
Harmonia Mundi USA HMU 807525
Classic FM CD of the Week

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Released September 5 (UK) September 13 (USA)

National Chamber Choir of Ireland world premiere tour of Acallam na Senórach: An Irish Colloquy
Paul Hillier leads the National Chamber Choir of Ireland on tour and CD, premiering Acallam na Senórach: An Irish Colloquy to US audiences October 13-21. Acallam na Senórach: an Irish Colloquy is a substantial, hour-long work for chamber choir, guitar and percussion based on one of the most important ancient Irish texts to survive the Middle Ages. It tells the mythical story of St. Patrick’s exchanges with two of the last-surviving members of a band of warriors. The piece is a co-commission by the National Chamber Choir of Ireland, Peak Performances at Montclair State University and The DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, at the University of Notre Dame, where it will receive its North American premiere on October 13, 2011. Classical guitarist Stewart French appears with the choir on their first major US tour.

October 13 - Notre Dame, IN Debartolo Performing Arts Center
October 14 - Cleveland, OH Gartner Auditorium
October 15 - Lewisburg, PA Weis Center for Performing Arts
October 16 - Montclair, NJ Alexander Kasser Theater
October 19 - Chicago, IL Cultural Center
October 20 - Iowa City, IA St Mary's Church
October 21 - Omaha, NE Strauss Performing Arts Center

Performances in Ireland:

October 1 - Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, Co Louth
October 2 - Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

For press enquiries regarding Heart of Darkness contact Laura Brown
For general press enquiries contact Kate Johnson
For all other enquiries please contact Jenny Wegg

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