Red Squirrel Opera Launched by John Andrews

By Francisco Salazar

Conductor John Andrews has announced the creation of Red Squirrel, a new opera company that will bring life to neglected operatic works.

The U.K. based company announced that its first project will be a co-production, with Buxton International Festival, of Malcolm Arnold’s 1952 comedy “The Dancing Master.” The opera will be performed this summer 2021.

In a statement, Andrews said, “There is such a wealth of wonderful repertoire lying buried in libraries and archives that comes immediately alive on stage. It is tragic not to see these gems performed, and this company will bring them to the widest possible audience in collaboration with festivals and theatres.”

Red Squirrel will co-produce one staged project and one recording each year, researching and uncovering mainly English-language theatre works from the 18th-20th centuries with composers such as Thomas Arne, Arthur Sullivan, Malcolm Arnold, Malcolm Williamson, John Joubert, and Lennox Berkeley among others.

Andrews has conducted at such well-known companies as The Grange Festival, Opera Holland Park, English Touring Opera, Garsington Opera, and the Volkstheater Rostock.