The Walrus Magazine discusses O’Regan’s Heart of Darkness

Arias of Darkness

Setting Joseph Conrad’s classic novel to music.

by Siobhan Roberts

Published in the June 2008 issue.

brooklyn — On a November night, an audience gathered in the Great Room at American Opera Projects headquarters to get an early glimpse of an unlikely addition to the cultural canon: an opera based on Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. The librettist, London artist Tom Phillips (whose portrait of Iris Murdoch hangs in Britain’s National PortraitGallery), introduced the performance by offering interpretative outtakes from his umpteen readings of the classic novella, published in 1902.

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