Faculty Bio

Drew Minter

Senior Lecturer of Music

Voice, Madrigal Singers, Opera Workshop

B.S., Indiana University. Diploma in Lieder and Oratorio from the Hochschule der Musik in Vienna, Austria.

Regarded for over three decades as one of the world’s finest countertenors, Drew Minter grew up as a boy treble in the Washington Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys.  After obtaining music degrees at Bloomington, Indiana and Vienna, Austria, Minter appeared in leading roles with the opera companies of Brussels, Toulouse, Boston, Washington, Santa Fe, Wolf Trap, Glimmerglass, and Nice, among others.  A recognized specialist in the works of Handel, he has performed frequently at the Handel festivals of Göttingen, Halle, Karlsruhe, and Maryland.  He has sung with many of the world's leading baroque orchestras, including Les Arts Florissants, the Handel and Haydn Society, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Freiburger Barockorchester, and as a guest at festivals such as Tanglewood, Ravinia, Regensburg, BAM's Next Wave, Edinburgh, Spoleto, and Boston Early Music; other orchestra credits include the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.  Mr. Minter was a founding member of the Newberry Consort, with whom he performed, toured and recorded for twenty-five years.  He is also a founding member of the medieval trio TREFOIL, with whom he tours frequently, singing and playing early harps.  The ensemble specializes in music of the 14th century.  Other early music ensembles with which Mr. Minter frequently collaborates are  My Lord Chamberlain’s Consort, ARTEK, and the Folger Consort.  Mr. Minter has made over 60 recordings on Harmonia Mundi, Decca/London, Newport Classics, Hungaroton and others.  He appears in two films: as Tolomeo in Peter Sellars’s Giulio Cesare, and as the Devil in In the Symphony of the World; a Portrait of Hildegard of Bingen.

Drew Minter is also a lauded stage director. He began as director of the operas at the Göttingen Händel Festival for five years, directing period baroque productions.  Since then he has directed productions in many styles for the Opéra de Marseilles, Caramoor, the Boston Early Music Festival, the Cloisters Museum, Lake George Opera, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Handel and Haydn, Boston’s Opera Aperta, the Manhattan School of Music, Mannes School of Music, Boston University’s Opera Institute, Amherst Early Music, the Folger Shakespeare Theatre, the Five Colleges in Northampton, Tempesta di Mare and Cleveland’s Apollo’s Fire. In 2006 he was made Artistic Director of Boston Midsummer Opera, a summer opera company he co-founded to provide outreach through excellent and inventive productions of opera in translation (many of them in Minter's own English translations).  There he has directed Peter Brook's Tragedy of Carmen, Mozart's Così fan tutte, and pastiches of Offenbach and Mozart.

In addition to numerous workshops in the vocal and dramatic performance of baroque music, Mr. Minter has taught voice for the past ten years at Vassar College, where he also directs the Vassar Opera Workshop and conducts the Vassar Madrigal Singers.  He has taught since 1989 at the Amherst Early Music Institute.  In addition to an active singing career of his own, he teaches frequent masterclasses in opera and oratorio; in recent years these have taken place at Indiana University, Boston University, the University of Massachusetts, West Chester University and the Crittendon Opera Workshops in Boston.