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 particularly enthusiastic about a full 19/20 season in which he’ll sing music from J.S. Bach to Philip Glass.
The season opens appropriately with Beginnings -- a project with the Nederlandse Bachvereniging under the direction of Shunske Sato with three early Bach cantatas and other music that inspired Bach in the early part of his life. In the autumn Drew will cover the role of Don Giovanni under conductor Kenneth Montgomery and The Orchestra of the 18th Century. Winter brings a tour of Handel’s Messiah with Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht under the direction of Johannes Leertouwer. In the spring Drew will sing the role of William in Philip Glass’s The Fall of the House of Usher in Opera2Day’s production called Opera Melancholica. This twenty-five-show tour will visit twenty Dutch cities from mid-January to mid-March 2020. Before Easter Drew will appear as bass soloist in the Nederlandse Bachverenging’s tour of Bach’s Matthäus-Passion under the Argentinian conductor Leonardo García Alarcón. The early summer months bring a tour to France with Damask Vocal Quartet, concerts and a CD recording of Bach’s Hohe Messe with BachPlus in Belgium, and a performance of John Blow’s Venus & Adonis at Festival de Musique d’Hardelot with Ensemble Masques under the leadership of Olivier Fortin.
In recent seasons on the concert stage, Drew made debut appearances with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (Handel’s Messiah), Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra (Bach’s Matthäus-Passion), Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra (Bach’s Johannes-Passion), The Hague Philharmonic (Bach’s Weihnachts-Oratorium), Lautten Compagney (Amanzio in Handel’s Giustino), Il Gardellino (Bach Cantatas), Finnish Baroque Orchestra (Graun’s Der Tod Jesu), and La Bande Montréal Baroque (Bach Cantatas). 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. He recently sang the role of Guglielmo in Mozart’s Così fan tutte in Brussels at the Midsummer Mozartiade festival. 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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