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October 29, 2017: US premiere of A Celestial Map of the Sky

Pacific Chorale, accompanied by the Pacific Symphony, launches O’Regan’s three-year residency with them on October 29 with the US premiere of A Celestial Map of the Sky . The concert celebrates the ensemble’s fiftieth anniversary, and is conducted by Robert Istad.

September 29, 2017: Choral Sketches with Chamber Choir Ireland and the Contemporary Music Centre

Following the success of the inaugural Choral Sketches project in February 2017, Chamber Choir Ireland and CMC will renew their partnership in 2017/2018, to present this unique professional development opportunity for composers who wish to develop their skills in writing choral music with mentoring from renowned composer Tarik O’Regan. . Deadline: Friday, October 13.

September 14, 2017: new recording of Chaâbi and launch event

Shattered Glass launches its new album of music for string ensemble, which includes O’Regan’s Chaâbi, on October 3 at Pioneer Works, Brooklyn.

August 29, 2017: election to Honorary Fellowship of Pembroke College, Oxford

Pembroke College’s Governing Body from time to time elects distinguished individuals as Honorary Fellows. O’Regan has accepted his invitation to join this group, which also includes His Majesty the King of Jordan, Sir Roger Bannister, and Lord Chief Justice Ian Burnett.

August 22, 2017: new performances announced

Highlights of the 2017/18 season include performances by the Orchestra of the Opéra de Rouen, Lausanne Symphony Orchestra, and the Alexander String Quartet.

June 7, 2017: Pacific Chorale Composer in Residence

O’Regan has been appointed Composer in Residence for three seasons from Autumn 2017 with Pacific Chorale. As well as writing new works, O’Regan will play a role in artistic planning, working alongside incoming Artistic Director Robert Istad. Pacific Chorale will launch the residency with the US premiere of A Celestial Map of the Sky at a concert celebrating the ensemble’s fiftieth anniversary on October 29.

June 1, 2017: tickets now on sale for Mata Hari revival

Following its sold-out premiere run in 2016, Mata Hari returns to Dutch National Ballet from October 14, 2017. Tickets are now on sale.

May 23, 2017: Thomas Hampson and Luca Pisaroni cast in The Phoenix

Houston Grand Opera has announced that Thomas Hampson and Luca Pisaroni have been cast in The Phoenix, O’Regan’s new full-scale opera about the life of Lorenzo Da Ponte. The opera, with a libretto by John Caird, will open in Houston in 2019.

May 13, 2017: BBC Radio 3 Record Review

A Celestial Map of the Sky is reviewed by Hannah Kendall on BBC Radio 3’s Record Review.

April 18, 2017: major retrospective on RTÉ

A three-hour retrospective with performances by the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Choir Ireland, the Hallé orchestra, and an interview with Michael Lee is broadcast on RTÉ Lryic.

April 3, 2017: new promotional video

A promotional video for O’Regan’s new orchestral album, A Celestial Map of the Sky, co-directed by Martin Roe and Nate Skeen of Dirty Robber, has been released.

March 31, 2017: O’Regan joins board of Yaddo

Having joined the board of Yaddo, Tarik O’Regan will take part in their 2017 benefit, Variations, hosted by Gail Gregg on May 15.

March 3, 2017: new orchestral album enters charts in top ten

A Celestial Map of the Sky, has entered the UK Specialist Classical Chart at position seven.

March 1, 2017: BBC In Tune interview

Tarik O’Regan talks about his new album and new opera with Sean Rafferty on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune.

February 24, 2017: A Celestial Map of the Sky out now 

Tarik O’Regan’s first orchestral album, performed by the Hallé, Hallé Youth Choir, and The Manchester Grammar School Choir, under the direction of Sir Mark Elder and Jamie Phillip, is now available on the NMC label.

February 22, 2017: The Arts Show interview 

Tarik O’Regan is interviewed by Steven Rainey on BBC’s The Arts Show.

February 21, 2017: Final Note Magazine feature 

Tarik O’Regan, discussing his current projects, is featured in Final Note Magazine.

February 20, 2017: Mata Hari returns to Dutch National Ballet

Following its sold-out premiere run in 2016, Mata Hari returns to Dutch National Ballet in October 2017 as a centerpiece of DNB’s 2017/18 season.

February 19, 2017: new orchestral album contains music of “luminous beauty”

The first review of O’Regan’s forthcoming orchestral album has been printed in the Observer newspaper: “If you missed Tarik O’Regan’s acclaimed chamber opera Heart of Darkness, here’s a welcome opportunity to hear some of its luminous beauty.”

February 17, 2017: new collaboration with Alice Goodman for Ludlow English Song Weekend

Hold this city all night, a setting of three poems by Alice Goodman, will receive its premiere on May 20 at the Ludlow Assembly Rooms in a performance by mezzo-soprano Kitty Whately and pianist Iain Burnside.

February 15, 2017: West Coast premiere of Gradual

Gradual – O’Regan’s first full-length string quartet – gets its first West Coast performance on March 26 at Kohl Mansion, Burlingame, California, performed by The Alexander String Quartet.

February 10, 2017: Mass Observation mini-documentary

Mass Observation, a major new work for voices and percussion ensemble, commissioned by Jerry Blackstone and the University of Michigan, will receive its premiere on February 15. The University Chamber Choir and Percussion Ensemble will then record the 40-minute composition for a new album of O’Regan’s work to be released in 2018.

February 2, 2017: bonus track from new album available for download

Now fatal change, the bonus track from A Celestial Map of the Sky, O’Regan’s forthcoming orchestral album (release date: February 24, 2017), is now available for download from NMC.

January 3, 2017: A Letter of Right on tour in Ireland

A Letter of Rights, Tarik O’Regan’s collaboration with Alice Goodman, will receive its Irish premiere and a three-city tour performed by the Irish Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Choir Ireland under the direction of Paul Hillier: 23-26 February.

November 14, 2016: Alexander String Quartet gives East Coast premiere of Gradual

Commissioned by Boise Chamber Music Society and the Boise State University Department of Music, Gradual – O’Regan’s first full-length string quartet – will receive its East Coast premiere on November 18 at Baruch Performing Arts Center, New York City, in a performance by the Alexander String Quartet.

November 11, 2016: Choral Sketches participants announced

The Contemporary Music Centre and Chamber Choir Ireland are delighted to announce that composers Amanda Feery, Michael Gallen and Seán Doherty have been selected to participate in the Choral Sketches project, with mentoring from Tarik O’Regan, for 2017. In February 2017 Chamber Choir Ireland will perform the Irish premiere and tour of A Letter of Rights by O’Regan and Alice Goodman.

October 28, 2016: O’Regan appointed inaugural Senior Fellow at The Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University

As Senior Fellow, O’Regan will share his expertise and broad understanding of music and collaborations across the arts, begin composing a full-scale opera commissioned by Houston Grand Opera for 2019, and work with the Center to explore and expand programs that accomplish its mission.

October 5, 2016: new string quartet, Gradual, for Alexander String Quartet

Commissioned by Boise Chamber Music Society and the Boise State University Department of Music, Gradual – O’Regan’s first full-length string quartet – will receive its first performance by The Alexander String Quartet on October 7 in the Boise Chamber Music Series.

September 30, 2016: DVD and Blu-ray of Mata Hari out now

Dutch National Ballet’s world premiere production of Mata Hari has been released by EuroArts in DVD and Blu-ray formats, distributed by Warner Classics. This full-length ballet is choreographed by Ted Brandsen with a new score by Tarik O’Regan.

September 29, 2016: Choral Sketches with Chamber Choir Ireland and the Contemporary Music Centre

With Choral Sketches, Chamber Choir Ireland and CMC will partner to present a unique professional development opportunity for composers who wish to develop their skills in writing choral music with mentoring from Tarik O’Regan. The purpose of the Choral Sketches initiative is to provide a creative and open environment for composers to deepen their experience in writing for voices in a choral context. Deadline: Monday, October 17.

August 8, 2016: DVD and Blu-ray of Mata Hari available for pre-order

Dutch National Ballet’s world premiere production of Mata Hari will be released by EuroArts on September 30, 2016 in DVD and Blu-ray formats, distributed by Warner Classics. Both formats are availble for pre-order now via Amazon. This full-length ballet is choreographed by Ted Brandsen with a new score by Tarik O’Regan.

July 9, 2016: Mata Hari at Hamburg Ballet’s Nijinsky Gala

On July 17, Anna Tsygankova and Matthew Golding will perform excerpts from Mata Hari in Hamburg Ballet’s 42nd Nijinsky Gala, held at Staatsoper Hamburg. The Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra will perform, conducted by Simon Hewett; choreography by Ted Brandsen.

June 1, 2016: The Ecstasies Within at Latitude Festival

National Portrait Gallery’s Gregory Batsleer, producer Louis Hartshorn of the Arts Theatre, London and Latitude’s Tania Harrison present a fusion of electronica with O’Regan’s The Ecstasies Above. DJ Nico Bentley, 16 singers, a string quartet and a company of dancers led by choreographer Lily Howkins have been brought together to create this presentation for Latitude Festival (July 14-17).

May 30, 2016: Orgelbüchlein Project premiere

Organist Joseph Wicks gives the first performance of O’Regan’s Chorale Prelude on ‘Wenn dich Unglück tut greifen an’ (forming part of the Orgelbüchlein Project) on July 3 in the chapel of St John’s College, Cambridge.

May 11, 2016: Conspirare world premiere

Turn, a new work commissioned by chamber choir Conspirare setting the poetry of Albert Verwey in a translation by Cliff Crego, receives its seven-date world premiere tour May 11-23.

May 2, 2016: Scattered Rhymes on tour

Chamber Choir Ireland, under the direction of Paul Hillier, is taking Scattered Rhymes  (a Spitalfields Festival commission) on tour to Dublin (June 9), Kilkenny (June 10), and the Gregynog Festival (June 26).

April 1, 2016: Chaâbi on tour

New York City-based conductorless string ensemble Shattered Glass takes O’Regan’s Chaâbi, originally commissioned by the Australian Chamber Orchestra, on a seven-date US tour.

February 23, 2016: New York Times feature

New York Times feature on Mata Hari includes interviews with composer Tarik O’Regan and choreographer Ted Brandsen.

February 16, 2016: Mata Hari broadcast

Dutch National Ballet’s Mata Hari, with a new score by Tarik O’Regan, will be streamed live on Mezzo Live HD in 44 countries on February 23, with repeat broadcasts until March 30.

February 8, 2016: Mata Hari trailer

Watch the trailer for Dutch National Ballet’s Mata Hari, with a new score by Tarik O’Regan, currently enjoying its sold-out run in Amsterdam.

February 6, 2016: Mata Hari premiere and music documentary

As Mata Hari opens, the final episode in a five-part mini-series looks at the music in this full-length new ballet for Dutch National Ballet with a new score by Tarik O’Regan.

January 24, 2016: fourth episode of Mata Hari documentary released

Principal ballerina Anna Tsygankova explains what it means to her to dance the title role of Mata Hari in the fourth episode of the five-part mini-series charting the development of Mata Hari, a full-length new ballet for Dutch National Ballet with a new score by Tarik O’Regan.

January 5, 2016: US premiere of A Letter of Rights now online

The US premiere of A Letter of Rights, Tarik O’Regan’s collaboration with librettist Alice Goodman (Nixon in China, The Death of Klinghoffer) by the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, NOVUS NY and Scott Allen Jarrett can now be watched online.

January 2, 2016: third episode of Mata Hari documentary released

In the third episode of the five-part mini-series charting the development of Mata Hari, a full-length new ballet for Dutch National Ballet with a new score by Tarik O’Regan, design team Clement & Sanôu describes their visual concept for the ballet.

December 31, 2015: US premiere of A Letter of Rights webcast

A Letter of Rights, Tarik O’Regan’s collaboration with librettist Alice Goodman (Nixon in China, The Death of Klinghoffer), will receive its US premiere in Trinity Church, Wall Street, New York City on January 4, 2016, as part of the church’s Twelfth Night Festival. It can be watched live and for a year afterwards online.

December 22, 2015: second episode of Mata Hari documentary released

The second episode of the five-part mini-series charting the development of Mata Hari, a full-length new ballet for Dutch National Ballet with a new score by Tarik O’Regan, has been released and can be viewed online. This episode focuses on the work of costume designer François-Noël Cherpin.

December 14, 2015: Composing Myself

O’Regan is the focus of the latest in a series of promotional films from Music Sales Classical.

December 6, 2015: first episode of Mata Hari documentary released

The first episode of a five-part documentary mini-series charting the inception and development of Mata Hari, a large-scale new ballet for Dutch National Ballet choreographed by Ted Brandsen (opens February 6, 2016), has been released and can be viewed online.

November 18, 2015: Mata Hari documentery preview

Watch a preview of a five-part documentary series charting the inception of Mata Hari in advance of the ballet’s February, 2016 premiere at Dutch National Ballet.

October 11, 2015: US premiere of A Letter of Rights

A Letter of Rights, Tarik O’Regan’s collaboration with librettist Alice Goodman (Nixon in China, The Death of Klinghoffer), will receive its US premiere in Trinity Church, Wall Street, New York City on January 4, 2016, as part of the church’s Twelfth Night Festival.

October 6, 2015: Carnegie Hall concert preview interview

Tarik O’Regan has given an exlusive interview to DCINY ahead of the November 15 concert of his music at Carnegie Hall, which will be conducted by Robert Istad.

September 12, 2015: Boise Chamber Music Society announces commission

The Boise Chamber Music Society, presenter of the annual Boise Chamber Music Series, has commissioned Tarik O’Regan to create a work for string quartet which will be premiered in 2016 by the Alexander String Quartet of San Francisco.

August 28, 2015: The Wanton Sublime is an “invigorating and rewarding experience of rare quality”

The “wonderful European premiere” (Time Out London) of O’Regan’s monodrama The Wanton Sublime in a new production by Robert Shaw for Inside Intelligence has opened to a series of positive reviews: O’Regan’s music is “rather wonderful, weaving a richly melismatic vocal line into a strikingly coloured orchestral score delicately enhanced by electronic effects; never sterile or mechanical, it [had] a living organic pulse” (Telegraph). An “inventive and attractive score” (Evening Standard) “rooted in strings, but regularly pricked with electric guitars, flute doubling piccolo, and the stardust of percussion” (Spectator) provides for “vital, compelling music” (WhatsOnStage) to create a “strikingly immersive experience” (The Stage) of “bluesy rebelliousness and Monteverdian lyricism” (Guardian).

August 20, 2015: ThisWeek London Q&A

Tarik O’Regan is interviewed by Caro Moses ahead of the European premiere of The Wanton Sublime at the Arcola Theatre, London (runs August 25-29).

August 14, 2015: Tickets now on sale for Carnegie Hall concert

On November 15, 2015, Robert Istad will conduct Triptych and The Ecstasies Above  at Carnegie Hall, New York City. Tickets are now on sale from the Carnegie Hall box office.

August 11, 2015: Heart of Darkness receives SFCV Best of the Bay nomination

Heart of Darkness has been nominated in the Best New Music Performance category of the San Francisco Classical Voice Best of the Bay awards. Voting will remain open until Monday, August 17.

August 7, 2015: The Wanton Sublime interviews

Interviews with Tarik O’Regan ahead of the European premiere of The Wanton Sublime at the Arcola’s Grimeborn Festival (August 25-29) have been published.

July 28, 2015: Center for Ballet Fellows announced

Dancer Sascha Radetsky, composer Tarik O’Regan, and writer/historian Marina Warner are among a group of eight fellows who will be in residence this fall at the NYU Center for Ballet and the Arts, the first international institute devoted to the creation and study of ballet.

July 24, 2015: NYU Center for Ballet and the Arts

O’Regan is to join the Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU as a Resident Fellow from September, 2015. He will complete his orchestral score to Mata Hari, a full length ballet commissioned by the Dutch National Ballet, which will receive it’s premiere in February, 2016.

July 10, 2015: Carnegie Hall performances 

On November 15, 2015, Robert Istad will conduct Triptych and The Ecstasies Above  at Carnegie Hall, New York City.

June 27, 2015: The Wanton Sublime at Grimeborn 2015

As part of the Arcola Theatre’s Grimeborn 2015 Festival, Inside Intelligence will present the European premiere of The Wanton Sublime, a monodrama by Tarik O’Regan and Anna Rabinowitz, in a new production directed by Robert Shaw. Paired with The Medium by Peter Maxwell Davies, both shows star mezzo-soprano Hai-Ting Chinn.  Opens August 25 at the Arcola Theatre, London.

June 18, 2015: New York Times article on Magna Carta and A Letter of Rights

An article in the New York Times about the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta highlights A Letter of Rights by Tarik O’Regan and Alice Goodman.

June 14, 2015: BBC News item on A Letter of Rights

The BBC has had exclusive access to rehearsals at Salisbury Cathedral for A Letter of Rights by Tarik O’Regan and Alice Goodman.

June 3, 2015: “It starts with killing a sheep…”

Tarik O’Regan is interviewed in Classical Music magazine about his forthcoming collaboration with Alice Goodman on A Letter of Rights, which premieres at Salisbury Cathedral on June 13. Opens May 1 at Z Space.

June 1, 2015: Three back-to-back performances of The Ecstasies Above

The Esoterics and the Skyros String Quartet join forces for three performances of The Ecstasies Above in Seattle and Portland on June 5/6/7, 2015.

May 21, 2015: Press release and ticketing information for A Letter of Rights

Tarik O’Regan has collaborated with librettist Alice Goodman (Nixon in China, The Death of Klinghoffer) on A Letter of Rights, a new cantata which will be premiered in Salisbury Cathedral on June 13 as part of the Magna Carta 800th anniversary celebrations.

May 2, 2015: Heart of Darkness receives “a powerful US premiere”

The US premiere of Tarik O’Regan’s opera Heart of Darkness in a new production by Opera Parallèle has opened its sold-out run to a series positive reviews: O’Regan’s “florid orchestral score” (Berekeley Daily PLanet) is one of “kaleidoscopic inventiveness” (San Francisco Chronicle), described as “terrific” (San Jose Mercury News), “exceptionally beautiful” (San Francisco Classical Voice), “especially haunting” (Bachtrack), “very, very good” (A Beast in a Jungle), and “a gem [of an opera]” (SFist).

April 30, 2015: San Francisco Chronicle highlights Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness is listed as one of five essential shows for the weekend of April 30 to May 3. Heart of Darkness opens May 1 at Z Space. The evenings performances of May 1 & 2, and the matinee performance on May 3 are now SOLD OUT.

April 29, 2015: San Francisco Examiner previews Heart of Darkness

Janos Gereben of The Examiner previews the US premiere Heart of Darkness. Opens May 1 at Z Space.

April 27, 2015: Interview with The Oxford Culture Review

While in Manchester for the world premiere of A Celestial Map of the Sky with the Hallé Orchestra, Tarik O’Regan was interviewed on a wide range of topics by Leo Mercer from The Oxford Culture Review.

April 25, 2015: San Francisco Classical Voice previews Heart of Darkness

Molly Colin of SFCV interviews Tarik O’Regan and the creative team behind Opera Parallèle’s new production of Heart of Darkness. Opens May 1, 2015 at Z Space in San Francisco.

April 9, 2015: Carnegie Hall concert on November 15, 2015

Conductor Robert Istad and DCINY present O’Regan’s Triptych and The Ecstasies Above at Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage), New York City .

March 14, 2015: Tickets now on sale for US premiere of Heart of Darkness

Tickets are now on sale for Opera Parallèle’s new production of Heart of Darkness. Opens May 1, 2015 in San Francisco.

March 13, 2015: Tickets now on sale for A Letter of Rights

Tarik O’Regan has collaborated with librettist Alice Goodman (Nixon in China, The Death of Klinghoffer) on A Letter of Rights, a new cantata which will be premiered in Salisbury Cathedral on June 13 as part of the Magna Carta 800th anniversary celebrations.

February 17, 2015: Mata Hari ballet announced

The Dutch National Ballet has announced the forhcoming premiere production of a new large-scale, full-length ballet based on the life of Mata Hari with an original score by Tarik O’Regan and choreography by Ted Brandsen. Opens February 6, 2016 in Amsterdam.

December 22, 2014: O’Regan added to Grove  

An entry on Tarik O’Regan has been added to Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians.