Tarik O’Regan (Fall ’15) has composed music for a wide variety of ensembles and organizations; these include the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Sydney Dance Company, Chamber Choir Ireland, and the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
Among O’Regan’s projects for 2015/16 are Mata Hari, a full-length ballet commissioned by the Dutch National Ballet; A Celestial Map of the Sky, a large-scale composition for the Hallé Orchestra, who will record the work as part of a new album of his orchestral music; and the North American premiere of his first opera, Heart of Darkness, which opened at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 2011.
Born in London in 1978, Tarik O’Regan divides his time between New York City and Cambridge, England. His work, recognized with two GRAMMY® nominations and two British Composer Awards, has been recorded on over 30 albums and is published exclusively by Novello (Music Sales Classical).
Mata Hari: A ballet in two acts
As a Resident Fellow at the Center for Ballet and the Arts, O’Regan completed his orchestral score for a new full-length narrative ballet based on the life of dancer, so-called courtesan and alleged World War One spy, Margaretha Zelle MacLeod (1876-1917), better known by her stage name of Mata Hari. The ballet, Mata Hari, has been commissioned by the Dutch National Ballet, 2016 (Het Nationale Ballet); it was choreographed by Ted Brandsen to a libretto by Janine Brogt and designed by Clement & Sanôu. The ballet was an evening-length work set to approximately 100 minutes of new music scored for large orchestra, divided into two equal acts, and opened its month-long run at Amsterdam’s Muziektheater in February 2016.