Donizetti: Pia de Tolomei, English Touring Opera Spring 2016
John Andrews will be returning to English Touring Opera to conduct Donizetti’s tragedy of jealousy and betrayal, with Elena Xanthoudakis in the title role and Luciano Botelho and Grant Doyle as the men fighting over her.
Simon Callow announced as narrator for Sullivan’s Shakespeare Masterpieces!
John Andrews is conducting the BBC Concert Orchestra and The BBC Singers in a world premiere recording of Sir Arthur Sullivan’s Complete Incidental Music to ‘Macbeth’ and ‘The Tempest’. The music for ‘The Tempest’ was responsible for launching Sullivan to international acclaim while ‘Macbeth’ was commissioned for Sir Henry Irving’s now legendary production in 1889.
John’s conducting style combines empathy and feel for both music and musicians with an ability to communicate his ideas directly and powerfully. This, together with his passion for locating music in its social and historical context, results in performances that surprise and delight audiences and performers alike.
He currently works with the English Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Garsington Opera, the Norfolk and Norwich Festival and Opera Holland Park. He has also conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra as well as productions for English Touring Opera, Stanley Hall Opera and Opéra de Baugé.
John’s repertoire runs the full gamut of opera, choral and orchestral music. He’s a versatile conductor, directing groups ranging in size from small chamber choirs and chamber orchestras through to full symphony orchestras and large-scale opera productions. His particular specialisms include Handel, Italian bel canto and English music of the forgotten centuries between Purcell and Elgar.