Drew Minter

Biography

Born: January 11, 1955  
American Drew Minter is one of the world's leading countertenors and is active in early music (the natural era of that type of voice), but also in contemporary music.

He began performing at the age of nine as a boy treble in the Washington National Cathedral in the nation's capital. He graduated from Indiana University's School of Music in 1977. By then he had already won a prize in the 's-Hertogenbosch International Singing Competition
Read more in 1976. He joined the Collegium Musicum Budapest and in 1977 shared in its prize in the Bruges Early Music Competition. He also received Martha Baird Rockefeller and Fulbright study grants. He continued his musical studies at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, winning his performer's diploma in 1979.

He won a prize in the 1981 Erwin Bodky Competition. Entering the Bruges Early Music Competition in 1983, he won a prize as a soloist. He continued his vocal and musical studies with Myron McPherson, whom he cites as his principal instructor.

Minter is a founding member of the Newberry Consort, Trefoil, and of My Lord Chamberlain's Consort, a vocal and plucked-string band, in which he both sings and plays early harps. Other ensembles with which he regularly performs include the Washington, D.C., vocal chamber music group Ensemble Five/One, the Folger Consort, and the early music vocal ensemble Pomerium. In addition, he has sung with such groups as Les Arts Florissants, the Academy of Ancient Music, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the Freiburger Baroque Opera, Tafelmusik, and the Handel and Haydn Society. He has appeared at festivals such as BAM's Next Wave, the Boston Early Music Festival, and the Spoleto, Regensburg, and Edinburgh Festivals and the Handel Festivals of Hallé, Karlsruhe, Maryland, and Göttingen.

In addition to this active schedule of concert and recital appearances, he is highly active on the early operatic stage. He has sung leading roles in opera for the Opéras of Nice, Marseilles, Toulouse, and Brussels, and the BAM, Wolf Trap, Berkshire, Omaha, Santa Fe, Boston, Washington, Skylight, and Glimmerglass opera companies or festivals.

In 1994, Minter began a second career as an opera stage director, and has over 20 productions to his credit. As a singer or a director (or both) he has participated in productions of over two dozen Handel dramatic works. He directs them based on deep research of the acting methods and stage practice of the era. He also sings many Handel oratorios and other vocal/choral works, estimating that he had sung Messiah over 200 times in his career as of the year 2000.

Minter has made over 50 recordings and two films, including Peter Sellars' production of Giulio Cesare (as Tolomeo) and in a biography of the life of Abbess Hildegard von Bingen. He contributes regularly to Opera News magazine.

He also is widely known as a teacher. He conducts master classes and lessons on interpretation of early vocal music, the instrumental technique of early harps, and dramatic interpretation and staging of Baroque opera, including a class that discusses both the physical gestures and musical ornamentations well known to all Baroque opera singers. He has taught as a guest professor at Vassar and Smith Colleges, and is a regular teacher at the Amherst Early Music workshops. He has also prepared his own realization of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. Read less
Handel: Opera Arias Vol 1 / Drew Minter
Release Date: 03/13/2001   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 3955183   Number of Discs: 1
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Elizabethan Songs / Drew Minter, Paul O'Dette
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Biography

Born: January 11, 1955  
American Drew Minter is one of the world's leading countertenors and is active in early music (the natural era of that type of voice), but also in contemporary music.

He began performing at the age of nine as a boy treble in the Washington National Cathedral in the nation's capital. He graduated from Indiana University's School of Music in 1977. By then he had already won a prize in the 's-Hertogenbosch International Singing Competition
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WORKS ALBUMS
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Part I: Overture
Part I: Aria "Cor fedele" (Tirsi)
Part I: "Povero Tirsi" (Tirsi)
Part I: "Quell'erbetta" (Tirsi)
Part I: "Se il guardo" (Tirsi)
Part I: "Dubbia cosě" (Clori, Fileno)
Part I: Aria "Sai perché" (Fileno)
Part I: "Vezzoso pastorello" (Clori)
Part I: Aria "Conosco che" (Clori)
Part I: "Dunque sperando" (Fileno, Clori)
Part I: Aria "Son come quel nocchiero" (Fileno)
Part I: "Se altra pace" (Clori, Tirsi, Fileno)
Part I: Duetto "Scherzano sul tuo volto" (Clori, Fileno)
Part II: Duetto "Fermati!" (Clori, Tirsi)
Part II: "Creder d'un angue" (Tirsi)
Part II: Aria "Tra le fere" (Tirsi)
Part II: "Tirsi, mio caro Tirsi" (Clori)
Part II: "Pur cederti" (Tirsi, Clori)
Part II: Aria "Amo Tirsi" (Clori)
Part II: "Va, fidati" (Fileno)
Part II: Aria "Povera fedeltŕ" (Fileno)
Part II: "Non ti stupir" (Tirsi)
Part II: Aria "Un sospiretto" (Tirsi)
Part II: "Tirsi, amico e compagno" (Fileno)
Part II: Aria "Come la rondinella" (Fileno)
Part II: "Cosě felici" (Clori, Tirsi, Fileno)
Part II: Trio "Vivere e non amar" (Fileno, Tirsi, Clori)
Part I, Aria; Va col canto lusingando (Clori)
Part II, Aria; Barbaro! tu non credi (Clori)
Prelude - Scene 1: Upping the Epithet: Aethelred! You must get up (Emma, Aethelred)
Scene 2: The Forgetful Muse: As the Muse of History, I savor my many perquisites (Clio, Assistant, William)
Scene 3: Publicist to the Rescue: Your husband needs to redefine himself (Publicist, Emma)
Scenes 4: Emma and William in the book-lined study within William of Malmesbury's apartment - Scene 5: It's so rare one meets a great historian (Emma, William, Aethelred, Hypnotist, Clio)
Scene 6: The Great Encounter: Your exalted personage, Muse Clio, I present a Saxon visitor (Assistant, Clio, Aethelred)
Scene 7: Aftermath: For a moment I thought I was winning (Aethelred, Emma, William, Publicist, Hypnotist, Clio)
Kyrie
Gloria
Credo
Sanctus
Benedictus
Agnus Dei
Giustino: Act 1. Overture
Giustino: Act 1. Recit: Tema il nemico
Giustino: Act 1. Coro: Viva Augusto eterno impero
Giustino: Act 1. Recit: Ah! mio Sovrano Augusto
Giustino: Act 1. Recit: Vitaliano, il di cui Nome
Giustino: Act 1. Aria: Un vostro sguardo
Giustino: Act 1. Recit: Arianna, che pensi?
Giustino: Act 1. Aria: Da tuoi begl'occhi impara
Giustino: Act 1. Aria: Puň ben nascere tra Li Boschi
Giustino: Act 1. Recit: Ah! perché non poss'io
Giustino: Act 1. Aria: Bel ristoro de' mortali
Giustino: Act 1. Aria: Corri, vola, a' tuoi Trofei - Accomp: Giustin, lascia i riposi
Giustino: Act 1. Coro della Fortuna: Corri, vola, a' tuoi Trofei
Giustino: Act 1. Acc: Chi mi chiama alla gloria?
Giustino: Act 1. Aria: Se parla nel mio cor
Giustino: Act 1. Recit: Cieli! Numi soccorso!
Giustino: Act 1. Sinfonia
Giustino: Act 1. Recit: Oh! eterni Numi!
Giustino: Act 1. Aria: Nacque al bosco
Giustino: Act 1. Recit: Amanzio!
Giustino: Act 1. Aria: Č Virtute insin la frode
Giustino: Act 1. Recit: Leggo nel tuo sembiante
Giustino: Act 1. Aria: Allor ch'io forte avrň
Giustino: Act 1. Recit: Sia fausta ognor la sorte
Giustino: Act 1. Aria: Non si vanti un'alma audace
Giustino: Act 1. Aria: All'armi, o Guerrieri
Giustino: Act 1. Recit: Signor, ti arrise il Fato
Giustino: Act 1. Aria: Vanne sě, superba vŕ
Giustino: Act 1. Recit: Dunque si poco temi
Giustino: Act 1. Aria: Mio dolce amato Sposo
Giustino: Act 2. Sinfonia
Giustino: Act 2. Recit: A Dispetto dell'Onde
Giustino: Act 2. Recit: Questa č la cruda Spiaggia
Giustino: Act 2. Aria: Ritrosa belezza
Giustino: Act 2. Recit: Numi! che'l Ciel reggete
Giustino: Act 2. Sinfonia
Giustino: Act 2. Recit: Respiro
Giustino: Act 2. Duet: Mio bel tesoro!
Giustino: Act 2. Recit: Ma quale orrido mostro
Giustino: Act 2. Coro: Per Voi soave e bella
Giustino: Act 2. Recit: Troppo fosti, o mio core
Giustino: Act 2. Recit: Ah! quai crudeli pene
Giustino: Act 2. Aria: Sventurata Navicella
Giustino: Act 2. Aria: Verdi Lauri, cingetemi il crine
Giustino: Act 2. Recit: Vieni, barbaro
Giustino: Act 2. Aria: Sull'Altar di questo Nume
Giustino: Act 2. Recit: Giŕ il valor di Giustino ha vinto
Giustino: Act 2. Aria: Quel torrente che s'innalza
Giustino: Act 3. Sinfonia
Giustino: Act 3. Recit: Amici, tutto devo
Giustino: Act 3. Aria: Il piacer della vendetta
Giustino: Act 3. Recit: Signor', a' tuoi Trionfi
Giustino: Act 3. Aria: O fiero e rio sospetto
Giustino: Act 3. Recit: Generoso Giustino
Giustino: Act 3. Aria: Zeffiretto, che scorre nel prato
Giustino: Act 3. Recit: E fia ver, che infedele
Giustino: Act 3. Aria: Di Re sdegnato
Giustino: Act 3. Recit: Qual'infernal veleno
Giustino: Act 3. Aria: Il mio cor giŕ piů non sŕ
Giustino: Act 3. Recit: Giustino, anima mia!
Giustino: Act 3. Aria: Augelletti garruletti
Giustino: Act 3. Recit: Riusci il bel disegno
Giustino: Act 3. Aria: Dall'occaso in oriente
Giustino: Act 3. Acc: Fortuna, m'hai tradito!
Giustino: Act 3. Recit: Prima che splenda in oriente il sole
Giustino: Act 3. Acc: Trattien l'acciar
Giustino: Act 3. Recit: Qual voce ascolto?
Giustino: Act 3. Aria: Sollevar' il mondo oppresso
Giustino: Act 3. Aria: Or che cinto ho il crin d'alloro
Giustino: Act 3. Acc: Qual marzial fragor?
Giustino: Act 3. Recit: Olŕ? Renditi a me!
Giustino: Act 3. Aria: Ti rendo questo cor
Giustino: Act 3. Recit: Signor, se vile intercessor
Giustino: Act 3. Coro: In braccio a te la calma
Messiah, HWV 56: Sinfonia - Comfort ye - Every valley shall be exalted - And the glory of the Lord
Messiah, HWV 56: Thus saith the Lord
Messiah, HWV 56: But who may abide the day of His coming
Messiah, HWV 56: And He shall purify the sons of Levi
Messiah, HWV 56: Behold, a virgin shall conceive - O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion - O thou that tellest
Messiah, HWV 56: For behold, darkness shall cover the earth - The people that walked in darkness
Messiah, HWV 56: For unto us a child is born - Pifa (Pastoral Symphony) - There were shepherds abiding in the field
Messiah, HWV 56: And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them
Messiah, HWV 56: And the angel said unto them - And suddenly there was with the angel - Glory to God
Messiah, HWV 56: "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion"
Messiah, HWV 56: Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened
Messiah, HWV 56: He shall feed His flock
Messiah, HWV 56: His yoke is easy
Messiah, HWV 56: Thus saith the Lord (alternate version)
Messiah, HWV 56: But who may abide the day of His coming (alternate version)
Messiah, HWV 56: "But who may abide the day of His coming"
Messiah, HWV 56: But who may abide the day of His coming [recitative]
Messiah, HWV 56: But lo! the angel of the Lord came upon them (alternate version)
Messiah, HWV 56: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion (alternate version)
Messiah, HWV 56: He shall feed His flock (alternate version)
Messiah, HWV 56: Behold the lamb of God
Messiah, HWV 56: He was despised and rejected of men
Messiah, HWV 56: Surely He hath borne our griefs - And with His stripes - All we like sheep - All they that see Him - He trusted in God - Thy rebuke hath broken His heart - Behold and see - He was cut off - But Thou didst not leave
Messiah, HWV 56: Lift up your heads - Unto which of the angels said He at any time - Let all the angels of God worship Him
Messiah, HWV 56: Thou art gone up on high
Messiah, HWV 56: The Lord gave the word
Messiah, HWV 56: How beautiful are the feet
Messiah, HWV 56: Their sound is gone out into all lands
Messiah, HWV 56: Why do the nations so furiously rage together
Messiah, HWV 56: Let us break their bonds asunder
Messiah, HWV 56: He that dwelleth in heaven - Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron
Messiah, HWV 56: Hallelujah!
Messiah, HWV 56: Thou art gone up on high (alternate version)
Messiah, HWV 56: Thou are gone up on high (alternate version)
Messiah, HWV 56: How beautiful are the feet - Their sound is gone out? (alternate version)
Messiah, HWV 56: How beautiful are the feet - Break forth into joy? (alternate version)
Messiah, HWV 56: How beautiful are the feet? (alternate version)
Messiah, HWV 56: Their sound is gone out (alternate version)
Messiah, HWV 56: Why do the nations... (alternate version)
Messiah, HWV 56: He that dwelleth - Thou shalt break them... [recitative] (alternate version)
Messiah, HWV 56: "I know that my Redeemer liveth"
Messiah, HWV 56: Since by man came death
Messiah, HWV 56: Behold, I tell you a mystery
Messiah, HWV 56: The trumpet shall sound
Messiah, HWV 56: Then shall be brought to pass
Messiah, HWV 56: O Death, where is thy sting?
Messiah, HWV 56: But thanks be to God
Messiah, HWV 56: If God be for us
Messiah, HWV 56: Worthy is the Lamb
Messiah, HWV 56: Amen
Messiah, HWV 56: O Death, where is thy sting? [recitative] (alternate version)
Messiah, HWV 56: "He was despised and rejected of men"
Susanna, HWV 66: Overture
Susanna, HWV 66: Part 1, Chorus: How long, Oh Lord, shall Israel groan?
Susanna, HWV 66: Part 1: Clouds o'ertake the brightest day
Susanna, HWV 66: Part 1: When thou art nigh
Susanna, HWV 66: Part 1: Who fears the Lord may dare all foes
Susanna, HWV 66: Part 1: When first I saw my lovely maid
Susanna, HWV 66: Part 1: Would custom bid
Susanna, HWV 66: Part 1: Peace crown'd with roses
Susanna, HWV 66: Part 1: Without the swain's assiduous care
Susanna, HWV 66: Part 1: The parent bird in search of food
Susanna, HWV 66: Act I, "On Joacim may every joy attend" (Susanna)
Susanna, HWV 66: Act I, "Bending to the throne of glory" (Susanna)
Susanna, HWV 66: Part 1: Tyrannic love
Susanna, HWV 66: Part 1: Ye verdant hills, ye balmy vales
Susanna, HWV 66: Part 1: Say, is it fit that age?
Susanna, HWV 66: Part 1: The oak that for a thousand years
Susanna, HWV 66: Part 1: When the trumpet sounds to arms
Susanna, HWV 66: Part 1, Chorus: Righteous heav'n beholds their guile
Susanna, HWV 66: Part 2: Frost nips the flowers
Susanna, HWV 66: Part 2: On fair Euphrates' verdant side
Susanna, HWV 66: Act II, "Lead me to some cool retreat" (Susanna)
Susanna, HWV 66: Act II, "Crystal streams in murmurs flowing" (Susanna)
Susanna, HWV 66: Part 2: Ask if yon damask rose
Susanna, HWV 66: Part 2: Beneath the cypress' gloomy shade
Susanna, HWV 66: Part 2: But hark, what sudden noise?
Susanna, HWV 66: Part 2: Blooming as the face of spring
Susanna, HWV 66: Part 2: The torrent that sweeps in its course
Susanna, HWV 66: Part 2: Away, ye tempt me both in vain
Susanna, HWV 66: Part 2: I caught the fair delinquent
Susanna, HWV 66: Act II, "If guiltless blood be your intent" (Susanna)
Susanna, HWV 66: Part 2, Chorus: Let justice reign
Susanna, HWV 66: Part 2: Is fair Susanna false?
Susanna, HWV 66: Part 2: On the rapid whirlwind's wing
Susanna, HWV 66: Part 2, Chorus: Oh Joacim, thy wedded truth!
Susanna, HWV 66: Part 3, Chorus: The cause is decided
Susanna, HWV 66: Part 3: Faith displays her rosy wing
Susanna, HWV 66: Part 3: Round thy urn my tears shall flow
Susanna, HWV 66: Part 3: 'Tis not age's sullen face
Susanna, HWV 66: Part 3, Chorus: Impartial heav'n!
Susanna, HWV 66: Part 3: Chastity, thou cherub bright
Susanna, HWV 66: Part 3: Gold within the furnace try'd
Susanna, HWV 66: Part 3: Raise your voice to sounds of joy
Susanna, HWV 66: Part 3, Chorus: Bless'd be the day that gave Susanna birth!
Susanna, HWV 66: Act III, "Guilt trembling spoke my doom" (Susanna)
Susanna, HWV 66: Part 3: To my chaste Susanna's praise
Susanna, HWV 66: Part 3, Chorus: A virtuous wife shall soften Fortune's frown


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