Minter, Drew, American countertenor; b. Washington, D.C., Jan. 11, 1955. He studied at Ind. Univ. and with Marcy Lindheimer, Myron McPherson, Rita Streich, and Erik Werba. After singing with many early music ensembles, he made his stage debut as Handel’s Orlando at the St. Louis Baroque Festival in 1983. In subsequent years, he appeared in performances of early operas in Boston, Brussels, Los Angeles, Omaha, and Milwaukee; also sang in the U.S. premiere of Judith Weir’s A Night at the Chinese Opera at the Santa Fe (N.Mex.) Opera in 1989. In 1992 he was engaged as Handel’s Ottone at the Göttingen Festival. He sang Endymion in Cavalli’s Calisto at the Glimmerglass Opera in N.Y. in 1996. He is best known for his roles in operas by Monteverdi, Handel, and Landi.
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