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 2017-18 season has included performances of the title role of Nico Muhly’s Marnie in its world premiere at English National Opera and Goffredo in a concert version of Handel’s Rinaldo alongside the English Concert, with performances at Carnegie Hall, Madrid’s Auditorio Nacional de Música, and London’s Barbican Centre. Other concert engagements include Beethoven’s Missa solemnis with the London Symphony Orchestra and Michael Tilson Thomas, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, with the Reykjavik Arts Festival, Mary in Berlioz’s L’enfance du Christ with both the Melbourne Symphony and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1, Jeremiah with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Duruflé’s Requiem with the Dallas Symphony, Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti with the Tucson Symphony, and a performance featuring works by Respighi and Pierre Jalbert with Orchestre Métropolitain de Montreal. Ms. Cooke returns to a role she created, Hannah after, in Laura Kaminsky’s opera As One both at Hawaii Opera Theatre and Chautauqua Opera Company, and offers Ravel’s Shéhérazade with the Chautauqua Symphony. Last summer she appeared in the world premiere of Mason Bates’s The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs at Santa Fe Opera. Solo recitals this season include appearances at the Milton Academy in Massachusetts, the Cosmos Club in Washington DC, and Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, in addition to joint recitals with guitarist Jason Vieaux at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts and the Cleveland Chamber Music Society.
On DVD, Ms. Cooke can be seen in a new production of Hansel and Gretel at the Metropolitan Opera and the Grammy Award-winning production of John Adams’s Doctor Atomic under conductor Alan Gilbert. Her recordings can be found on the Hyperion, Naxos, Bridge Records, Yarlung, GPR Records, and Sono Luminus labels.