Biography

Mezzo-soprano

SASHA COOKE made her San Francisco Symphony debut in 2009, became a Shenson Young Artist in 2010, and was a Symphony artist-in-residence in 2019–20.

In the 2021–22 season, Ms. Cooke returns to the Metropolitan Opera for her role debut as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro. On the concert stage, she joins the Boston Symphony for performances of Glagolitic Mass and Wozzeck, both in Boston and on tour at Carnegie Hall. She also joins the Minnesota Orchestra for Gustav Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Symphony No. 8. Additionally, she performs Michael Tilson Thomas’s Meditations on Rilke with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, scenes from Nadia Boulanger’s Faust et Hélène with the Houston Symphony, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Detroit Symphony, and Jake Heggie’s The Work at Hand and Edward Elgar’s Sea Pictures with the Saint Louis Symphony. Finally, she gives a solo recital at the Tucson Desert Song Festival, where she premieres a new work by Jennifer Higdon.

This season also marks the release of Ms. Cooke’s new CD, how do I find you, on the Pentatone label, featuring seventeen new songs she is now touring in recital. Her other recordings include Intonations: Songs from the Violins of Hope by Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer on Pentatone; L’enfance du Christ with the Melbourne Symphony on Chandos; Mason Bates’s The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs on Pentatone, which won the 2019 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording; Mahler’s Second Symphony with the Minnesota Orchestra on BIS; Tilson Thomas’s Meditations on Rilke with the San Francisco Symphony (SFS Media), which won the 2021 Grammy Award for Best Classical Compendium; Hector Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette with Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, also on SFS Media; and Sasha Cooke LIVE, a collection of her performances from [email protected] released on their label.

Ms. Cooke is a graduate of Rice University and the Juilliard School, and she also attended the Music Academy of the West, Aspen Music Festival, the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute, Wolf Trap, and the Marlboro Music Festival. She was a member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and the training programs of Seattle Opera and Central City Opera.