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 15/16 season include a debut appearance with Dutch National Opera singing Le Mari in Les Mamelles de Tirésias, two revival performances of Ben in The Telephone at the Grachtenfestival Amsterdam with the Nederlandse Reisopera in collaboration with The Göteborg Opera, concerts with Damask Ensemble, and projects with Cappella Amsterdam and De Nederlandse Bachvereniging.
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.
Particularily 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.