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 2015-16 symphonic engagements include performances of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the New World Symphony under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas, and with the Tucson Symphony; Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Louisiana Philharmonic; Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with the Singapore Symphony; Handel’s Messiah with Trevor Pinnock and the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Nashville and Seattle symphonies. Ms. Cooke premieres Marc Neikrug’s Canta-Concerto with the New York Philharmonic and Mark Grey’s operatic adaption of Frankenstein at La Monnaie in Brussels, and makes her role debuts as Magdalena in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg with San Francisco Opera, and Medoro in Handel’s Orlando with Harry Bicket and the English Concert on tour throughout Europe.