American mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, a graduate of Rice University and the Juilliard School, 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 Central City Opera’s Young Artist Training Program. A former member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, she appeared as Kitty Oppenheimer in the Metropolitan Opera premiere of John Adams’s Doctor Atomic, the DVD release of which won the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording.
Highlights of Ms. Cooke’s 2012-13 season include her San Francisco Opera debut in the title role in the world premiere of Mark Adamo’s The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, as well as her role debuts as Magnolia in Show Boat at Houston Grand Opera and as Sonja in Dominick Argento’s The Aspern Papers at Dallas Opera. She gives the world premiere of Augusta Read Thomas’s Earth Echoes with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, appears with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center both in New York and in Mecklenberg, Germany, and sings Mahler’s Third Symphony with the Orchestre de Lyon. She also sings Bernstein’s Jeremiah Symphony with the Detroit Symphony, and Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky with the Cleveland Orchestra. She returns to the New York Festival of Song for a program exploring the lives of women, joins the Mirò Quartet for music of Respighi and Schubert with Friends of Chamber Music Denver, and sings Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the Columbus Symphony. During the summer of 2012, Ms. Cooke opened the Hollywood Bowl’s summer season with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and also appeared at Music@Menlo, the RoundTop Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Mostly Mozart Festival. Ms. Cooke made her San Francisco Symphony debut in 2009. She was last heard with the Symphony in January 2012 in Debussy’s Le Martyre de Saint Sebastién.