Recognized for his unusual warmth of sound and presence, baritone Drew Santini is active singing concerts and opera on both sides of the Atlantic. Comfortable in repertoire of many periods, he is becoming particularly known for his stylish, sensitive performances of Bach and his contemporaries.
The 18/19 season sees important debuts in Toronto, New York, Amsterdam, Brussels, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, his Canadian hometown of Stratford (Ontario), and various cities across the Netherlands, where he is based. Highlights of the season include his first Guglielmo in Mozart's Così fan tutte in Brussels, Matthäus-Passion with Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra (Boudewijn Jansen, conductor), Johannes-Passion with Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra (Joshua Rifkin, conductor), Messiah with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (Ivars Taurins, conductor), and Weihnachts Oratorium with The Hague Philharmonic (Philipp von Steinaecker, conductor). A regular soloist with the Nederlandse Bachvereniging, Drew joins them this season as Christus in Schütz Johannes-Passion under Christoph Prégardien. The season is also busy with recital and chamber music, including an appearance at Stratford Summer Music as well as the release of O schöne Nacht, the debut CD on Dutch label 7 Mountain Records of Damask Vocal Quartet, of which Drew is a founding member.
In recent seasons on the concert stage, Drew made debut appearances with Lautten Compagney (Amanzio in Handel’s Giustino--Wolfgang Katschner), South Netherlands Philharmonic (Matthäus-Passion—Matthew Halls), Il Gardellino (Bach Cantatas—Marcel Ponseele), Finnish Baroque Orchestra (Graun’s Der Tod Jesu--Seppo Murto), and La Bande Montréal Baroque (Bach Cantatas--Eric Milnes). On the opera stage he appeared at the Dutch National Opera singing Le Mari in Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias with music director Roger Vignoles and in a collaboration between the Nederlandse Reisopera and Gothenburg Opera as Ben in Menotti’s The Telephone. Other opera credits include Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Le Gendarme (Les Mamelles de Tirésias), Lockit (Beggar’s Opera), Ramiro (L’heure Espagnole), 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).
On the ATMA label, he recorded Bach Cantatas 4, 9, 106, and 181 with La Bande Montréal Baroque. With the Belgian group BachPlus he recorded Bach's Cantata 125 and Schütz's Musicalische Exequien. He appears on several “All of Bach” video recordings with the Nederlandse Bachvereniging, including their Johannes-Passion. In 2014 he co-founded Damask vocal quartet and in winter 2018 the group will release their debut CD recording of 19th century quartets with piano titled O schöne Nacht. Drew holds degrees from The Juilliard School (MM) and Manhattan School of Music (BM). He currently lives in The Hague, Netherlands.
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