Cormac Newark studied music at the University of Oxford, King’s College London, and at the École Normale de Musique in Paris. He later was a fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge. 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 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.