B i o g r a p h y
Born in Detroit, MI he began his artistic career as a professional ballet dancer working with many of the top ballet companies in the United States such as the Boston Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Chautauqua Ballet, Los Angeles Ballet and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. Working with choreographers such as Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, David Parsons, Jimmy Gamonet de los Heros, John Clifford, Fernando Bujones and Bill T. Jones to name a few. Performing many full length ballets such as Swan Lake, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and his fair share of The Nutracker which he danced over 500 performances of during his career.
After only two years of vocal study he made his operatic debut with the Sarasota Opera in the role of "Flaminio" in L'amore di Tre Re (Montimezzi) and "Macduff" in Macbeth (Verdi) followed by his debut with the New York City Opera in the role of “Signor Pirelli” in Sweeney Todd (Sondheim). After his successful debut with the NYCO he was invited to sing the role of “Belfiore” in Il Viaggio a Reims” (Rossini), “Rodrigo” in La Donna del Lago (Rossini), “Victorin” in Die Tote Stadt (Korngold), "Acis" in Acis & Galatea (Handel) as well as many concert and gala appearances including "City Opera at the Pier" at the South Street Seaport in NYC, "Stars of The New York City Opera" at the West Hampton Performing Arts Center, "French Fete" opening night gala and VOX, a special program dedicated to showcasing modern operas.
He made his European debut at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Italy singing “Belfiore” and “Liebenskof” in Il Viaggio a Reims. With the Sarasota Opera he has also performed “Prunier” in La Rondine (Puccini). He was invited by the Caramoor International Music Festival to participate in the “Bernstein on Broadway” celebration concert with the Orchestra of St. Lukes and Broadway leading ladies Judy Kaye and Lisa Vroman with Michael Barrett conducting.
With the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, he performed in the World Premiere of “The Golden Ticket” (Ash) where he sang the role of “Augustus Gloop” to great critical acclaim. About Mr. Drost’s performance OperaNews Magazine said “…Augustus Gloop mimics a Wagnerian Tenor and Andrew Drost’s firm, bright top was thrilling!”. The beginning of 2011 he sang the role of SYME in “1984” (Maazel) at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia under the baton of Maestro Lorin Maazel to critical acclaim and the title role in Mozart’s “Mitridate” in New York City. Spring 2012 brought Andrew to the Atlanta Opera to reprise his role of "Augustus Gloop" in The Golden Ticket!
Mr. Drost has worked under the baton of important conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Alberto Zedda, James Levine, George Manahan, Jose Miguel Perez-Sierra, Emmanuel Plasson, Michael Barrett, Ransom Wilson, Wil Crutchfield,Gerald Steichen and David Caddick among others.
Known for being a versatile artist, Mr. Drost's repertoire includes opera, oratiorio, symphonic as well as musical theatre. Mr. Drost is currently in the Broadway cast of The Phantom of the Opera as well as the founder of The Institute for American Musical Theatre.