Cormac Newark studied Music at the University of Oxford, Music Theory and Analysis at King’s College London, and orchestral conducting at the École Normale de Musique in Paris, courtesy of a French government scholarship. Returning to Oxford, he wrote his doctoral dissertation (on the reception of Parisian grand opéra) under the supervision of Roger Parker; then for three years he was a fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge.
Between 2002 and 2004 he lived in Bologna, carrying out research funded by the Leverhulme Trust, after which he took up a lectureship at the University of Ulster. He has been the recipient of a number of grants and prizes from, among others, the British Academy, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the French Government, and the American Musicological Society. Cormac works mainly on nineteenth-century French and Italian opera and literature. His book, Opera in the Novel from Balzac to Proust (which naturally includes a chapter on Le Fantôme de l’Opéra), was published by CUP in 2011, and his essays have appeared in 19th-Century Music, the Cambridge Opera Journal, the Journal of the Royal Musical Association, and various edited collections. He has also written for Opera magazine and The Guardian.