American mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke is a graduate of Rice University and the Juilliard School of Music. A former member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, she also attended the Music Academy of the West, the Aspen Music Festival, the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute, the Wolf Trap Foundation, the Marlboro Music Festival, and the young artist programs of Central City Opera and Seattle Opera. Ms. Cooke made her San Francisco Symphony debut in 2009 and became a Shenson Young Artist in 2010.
Ms. Cooke’s 2016-17 season includes performances of Hänsel und Gretel at the Seattle Opera and the world premiere of Mason Bates’s The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs at Santa Fe Opera. Her orchestral engagements include Prokofiev’s Ivan the Terrible with the Chicago Symphony, Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1, Jeremiah with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra as well as with the Philadelphia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, and a staged version of Verdi’s Requiem with Houston Grand Opera. She sings Christopher Theofanidis’s Creation/Creator with the Atlanta Symphony, Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with the Milwaukee Symphony, Duruflé’s Requiem with the National Symphony, and she performs and records Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Minnesota Orchestra and John Harbison’s Requiem with the Nashville Symphony. She also appears with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in a concert of Handel, Mahler, and Mozart, Indianapolis Symphony in Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, Oregon Symphony in Mozart’s Requiem, and with both the Eugene Symphony and Aspen Festival Orchestra in Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust. In January, she appeared in the San Francisco Symphony’s semi-staged production of Mahler’s Das klagende Lied.
On DVD, Ms. Cooke can be seen in a new production of Hänsel und Gretel at the Metropolitan Opera and the Grammy Award-winning production of John Adams’s Doctor Atomic under conductor Alan Gilbert. Ms. Cooke’s recordings can be found on the Hyperion, Naxos, Bridge Records, Yarlung, GPR Records, and Sono Luminus labels.