Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke has been called a “luminous standout” (New York Times) and “equal parts poise, radiance and elegant directness” (Opera News). Ms. Cooke is sought after by the world’s leading orchestras, opera companies, and chamber music ensembles for her versatile repertoire and commitment to new music.
In the 2017-18 season, Ms. Cooke will sing the title role in the world premiere of Marnie, by composer Nico Muhly and librettist Nicholas Wright, at English National Opera. She will also sing Goffredo in a concert version of Handel’s Rinaldo alongside The English Concert conducted by Harry Bicket, with performances at Carnegie Hall (New York), the Auditorio Nacional de Música (Madrid), Teatro de la Maestranza (Seville) and Barbican Centre (London). Other concert engagements will include Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with the San Francisco Symphony and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the London Symphony Orchestra, both conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg conducted by Matthias Pintscher, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Reykjavik Arts Festival under the baton of Osmo Vänskä, Mary in Berlioz’s L’enfance du Christ with both the Melbourne Symphony conducted by Sir Andrew Davis and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin conducted by Robin Ticciati and staged by Fiona Shaw, Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1 Jeremiah with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic conducted by Edo de Waart, Duruflé’s Requiem with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jaap van Zweden, Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, and a performance featuring composers Respighi and Jalbert with Orchestre Métropolitain de Montreal conducted by Cristian Macelaru. Ms. Cooke will return to a role she created, Hannah after, in Laura Kaminsky’s opera As One both at Hawaii Opera Theatre and in concert with the Chautauqua Opera Company, and will also offer a concert of Ravel’s Shéhérazade with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. Finally, she will give a series of solo recitals at the Milton Academy in Massachusetts, the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C., and Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, in addition to joint recitals with guitarist Jason Vieaux at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts in California and the Cleveland Chamber Music Society.
Ms. Cooke has worked with symphony orchestras around the world including Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Colorado, Dallas, Detroit, Edmonton, Hong Kong, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Leipzig, Los Angeles, Louisiana, Lyon, Melbourne, Milwaukee, New York, New Zealand, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Seattle, Shanghai and Tokyo as well as the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin and Orpheus, St. Paul and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestras. She's performed at numerous festivals, including the Aspen, Caramoor, Chautauqua, Luzerne, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Mostly Mozart, Music@Menlo, New York Festival of Song, Spoleto and the Chamber Music Festivals of Portland, Santa Fe and Seattle. On the opera stage, she's appeared at the Metropolitan Opera, English National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera, Opéra National de Bordeaux, Israeli Opera, Dallas Opera and Chicago Opera Theater. A graduate of Rice University and The Juilliard School, Sasha Cooke also attended the Music Academy of the West, the Aspen Music Festival, the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute, the Wolf Trap Foundation, the Marlboro Music Festival, the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Young Concert Artists, and Seattle Opera and Central City Opera’s Young Artist Training Programs. Ms. Cooke has given masterclasses throughout the United States and Canada.