Canadian baritone, Drew Santini, is garnering recognition for his “lively and engaging work” (New York Times) and “his pure baritone and natural musicality” (London Free Press). Highlights of the 16/17 season include a return to the Dutch National Opera & Ballet workshopping Monteverdi madrigals with Christophe Rousset and Pierre Audi, solo debuts with Cappella Amsterdam and Nederlandse Bachvereniging, and a residency with Damask vocal quartet at Aldeburgh Music.
Drew’s opera credits include Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro), Le Gendarme (Les Mamelles de Tirésias), Lockit (Beggar’s Opera), Ramiro (L’heure Espagnole), Ben (The Telephone), and Mr. Splinters (The Tender Land). He has given world premieres in opera creating such roles as Gilfaethwy the False (Wolf-in-Skins by Gregory Spears), Gunnar (The Raven’s Kiss by Evan Fein), and Reporter (Séance on a Wet Afternoon by Stephen Schwartz). He has also performed the role of Guido Contini in Nine: The Musical twice, once in Bruges, Belgium and again in New York City.
Recently named the winner of the Bruce Haynes International Competition for the Rhetorical Singing of the Music of J.S. Bach, he appeared with Montréal Baroque singing a program of Bach cantatas in Regensburg, Germany and at the Montréal Baroque Festival. He sang Graun’s Der Tod Jesu in debut performances with the Finnish Baroque Orchestra in Helsinki and Turku. With the Elora Festival Singers & Orchestra he sang Bach’s Johannes-Passion. Other recent solo engagements include both of J.S. Bach’s Passions (Christus & bass solos), Brahms’ Requiem, Handel's Messiah and Brockes Passion, Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Regina Coeli, Haydn's Seven Last Words, the Fauré Requiem, and the Saint-Saëns Christmas Oratorio.
Particularly at home as a recitalist, Drew most recently performed in a series of house concerts as part of the Nieuwe Stemmen Young Artist Program of the Operadagen Rotterdam with pianist Lyubov Podgayskaya, presenting a program of Rachmanninof, Glière, Debussy, Butterworth, and Zilcher. He was a finalist in the Wigmore Hall Song Competition in London with pianist Renate Rohlfing and continues to study the art song repertoire with great enthusiasm. Especially passionate about singing new music, Drew has worked with such composers as Stephen Schwartz, Gregory Spears, Arne Gieshoff, Raphael Fusco, Evan Fein, Terence Blanchard, Perry Goldstein, Daniel Felsenfeld, and Jennifer Griffith.
On the ATMA label, Mr. Santini recorded Bach Cantatas 4, 9, 106, and 181 with La Bande Montréal Baroque.
He holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music (BM) and The Juilliard School (MM). He currently lives in The Hague, the Netherlands.
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