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Sasha Cooke


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’s 2016-17 season includes opera performances of Hänsel und Gretel at the Seattle Opera and a world-premiere by composer Mason Bates and librettist Mark Campbell titled The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs at The Santa Fe Opera. Her orchestral engagements include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Riccardo Muti leading Prokofiev’s Ivan the Terrible, Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1 “Jeremiah” with Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra as well as Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin at Carnegie Hall, and a staged version of Verdi’s Requiem with Houston Grand Opera under Patrick Summers. Her season also features performances with Atlanta Symphony for Christopher Theofanidis' Creation/Creator conducted by Robert Spano, Milwaukee Symphony for Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with Edo de Waart, Duruflé’s Requiem with National Symphony Orchestra under Donald Runnicles, Minnesota Orchestra to sing and record Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 conducted by Osmo Vänskä, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra singing a concert of Handel, Mahler, and Mozart, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with Krzysztof Urbanski and the Indianapolis Symphony, Oregon Symphony for Mozart’s Requiem under Jean-Marie Zeitouni, and Nashville Symphony for Harbison’s Requiem that will also be recorded.

Ms. Cooke’s past seasons have included performances with such wide-ranging conductors as Sir Andrew Davis, Michael Tilson Thomas, Alan Gilbert, Leonard Slatkin, Sir Mark Elder, Harry Bicket, Pinchas Zukerman, Gerard Schwarz, Trevor Pinnock, Robert Spano, and Tugan Sokhiev. Previous orchestral engagements have brought her to the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, New World Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Houston Symphony, New Zealand Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, MDR Orchestra, I Musici de Montreal, Seattle Symphony, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, Tokyo Symphony, Orchestre National de Lyon, National Arts Centre Orchestra, and The English Concert. Ms. Cooke has performed with opera companies around the world including the Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, English National Opera, Opéra National de Bordeaux, Dallas Opera, and The Israeli Opera. Previous festival appearances have included Spoleto Festival USA, Caramoor International Music Festival, Lucerne Festival, Mostly Mozart Festival, New York Festival of Song, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Ms. Cooke has performed at such prestigious venues as the Hollywood Bowl, Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Carnegie’s Zankel Hall and Weill Recital Hall, Wigmore Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Vienna’s Theater an der Wien, Birmingham’s Town Hall, Valencia’s Palau de la Música, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw, and London’s Barbican Centre. She has also performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

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 Doctor Atomic under conductor Alan Gilbert. Ms. Cooke’s recordings can be found on the Hyperion, Naxos, Bridge Records, Yarlung, GPR Records, and Sono Luminus labels

A graduate of The Juilliard School, Sasha Cooke was also a member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.

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