Minneapolis Star Tribune
Lisa Drew sang with a gorgeous, full, dark sound and magnetic stage presence.
Lisa Drew, contralto, performs nationally and internationally as soloist and in small ensembles.
An active performer in Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Lisa has sung with the ranks of the former Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Chorale under the leadership of Dale Warland singing most recently in Handel’s Messiah and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, performed the role of the Priest and in the small ensemble for Lyra Baroque Orchestra‘s production of Handel’s Esther, Consortium Carissimi‘s Project III – Motets of Giacomo Carissimi,and as contralto soloist in The Minnesota Oratorio Society’s concert of Honneger’s “King David.” This past June, she recorded for the Naxos label with Consortium Carissimi a recording due out in 2016.
Lisa was delighted to be asked to be a part of the inagural “Tucson Desert Song Festival” where she performed the alto solos in Rossini’s “Petite Messe Solennelle” under the baton of Eric Holtan. Ms. Drew was alto soloist in the “Brahm’s Alto Rhapsody” and Horatio Parker’s “Hora Novissima” at the Berkshire Choral Festival, William Bolcom’s “Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience”, for the American Guild of Organists Annual Convention Finale Concert of the US Premier of Siegfried Matthus’ “Te Deum” at The Cathedral of St. Paul, and in Bach’s “Mass in B Minor” with VocalEssence and Lyra Baroque Orchestra, as well as a few Messiahs.
Ms. Drew received acclaim as contralto soloist in the United States professional premier of the “Sandstrom High Mass” at Orchestra Hall as well as Honneger’s “King David” and she garnered international acclaim as the mezzo-soprano soloist in Steve Heitzeg’s “Nobel Symphony” also with at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.
Lisa Drew’s opera roles have included Genevieve in The Minnesota Opera’s production of “Pelleas and Melisande”, The Sorceress in “Glorious Revolution Baroque’s production of “Dido & Aeneas”, Bradamante in Ex Machina’s production of “Alcina”, Mrs. Ott in the Berkshire Opera Company’s production of “Susannah”, and The Fairy Queen in The Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company’s production of “Iolanthe.” Lisa was also a Mermaid in the Walker Art Center’s presentation of “Tragedy on the Sea Nymph, An All-Dog Opera.” In addition, she has performed in over 75 productions with San Diego Opera Chorus & The Minnesota Opera Chorus.
Lisa’s talents also extend to voice-over work and is the featured alto on The Vertical Voice: Vocal Training Method. She has also provided backup vocals on the upcoming debut album for the progressive metal band “Heliosaga.”
From 2002-2014, Lisa is proud to have contributed and performed with the internationally acclaimed, recipient of Chorus America’s Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, and two time winner of the 2007 and 2012 Tolosa International Choral Competition, “The Rose Ensemble.” and most recently in Bolivia at the “10th International Baroque and Renaissance Music Festival of Santa Cruz.” She is featured on seven of their recordings including: “Fire of the Soul: Choral Virtuosity in 17th-Century Russia & Poland”, “Celebremos el Niño: Christmas Delights from the Mexican Baroque”, “Rosa das Rosas: Cantigas de Santa Maria & Other Spiritual Songs for the Virgin”, “Nā Mele Hawai’i: A Rediscovery of Hawaiian Vocal Music”, “And Glory Shone Around: Early American Carols, Country Dances, Southern Harmony Hymns and Shaker Spiritual Songs”, “Il Poverello: Medieval & Renaissance Music for Saint Francis of Assisi”, and “A Toast to Prohibition: All-American Songs of Temperance and Temptation.”
Lisa Drew is now in her 12th year as the alto soloist at Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis under the direction of Philip Brunelle. Every summer at Plymouth for the past 6 years, Lisa has been part of a vocal quartet reviving some of the lost operetta numbers of the Victorian age with Sonja Thompson on piano.
Lisa Drew lives in the City of Minneapolis with her two cats, Fred & Lilly, enjoys travel and photography, and loves singing in baroque pitch! Lisa is also a talented web developer specializing in WordPress and runs “Websites for a Song” creating affordable websites for small business & artists.