Heart of Darkness
Composer: Tarik O’Regan
Librettist: Tom Phillips
Original Cast: Woman of the River/Secretary(s)
Fiancee(mz)
Marlow(t)
Russian Harlequin/Chief Accountant(t)
Director on the Thames Boat(bar)
Doctor/Boilermaker/Crewman(bar)
Kurtz(b)
Actors (Accountant on Thames Boat, etc.)
Premiere Date: Not available.
Producing Company: American Opera Projects, Inc.
Description: The opera is based on the novella by Joseph Conrad, a parable about greed-inspired colonialism. Ambitious sailor Marlow is employed by a British trading company. His mission is a journey to a remote colony in the Belgian Congo, the source of the consortium's profitable supply of ivory, where he's to retrieve some stranded cargo. As he travels upriver visiting the trading stations which acquire the precious commodity through exploitative barter with natives, Marlow hears wild tales of Kurtz a hugely-successful company manager whose post is deep in the jungle. It seems that Kurtz is revered as a god by the locals, both worshipped and greatly feared. Reaching Kurtz's compound, however, Marlow finds that the man has become a fiend, committing blasphemous atrocities and driven mad by power and disease.
Character List (Major): Woman of the River/Secretary(s)
Fiancee(mz)
Marlow(t)
Russian Harlequin/Chief Accountant(t)
Director on the Thames Boat(bar)
Doctor/Boilermaker/Crewman(bar)
Kurtz(b)
Bit Parts: Actors (Accountant on Thames Boat, etc.)
Reviews: The New York Times
Length: 00:75
Total Acts: 1
Orchestration: fl, ob, cl, bsn, hrn, perc, hp, vln1, vln2, vla, vc, db
Musical Style: Tonal
Contact: Novello & Co. Ltd.
E-mail Address: promotion@chesternovello.co.uk
Composer Web Site: http://www.tarikoregan.com
Librettist Web Site: http://www.tomphillips.co.uk
Publisher Web Site: http://www.chesternovello.com
Schedule of Performances Listings
Heart of Darkness (O'Regan)
Friday, November 9, 2007 - American Opera Projects
Heart of Darkness (O'Regan)
- Chicago Opera Theater
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