Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke is in demand by the world’s leading orchestras, opera companies, and chamber music ensembles for her versatile repertoire and commitment to new music. Ms. Cooke's current season continues her tradition of participating in world premiere performances and unique artistic collaborations.
Symphonic engagements of the 2014-2015 season include performances of Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette
with Tugan Sokhiev and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, Verdi’s Requiem with Andrés Orozco-Estrada and the Houston Symphony, Mahler’s Third Symphony with Sir Andrew Davis and the Melbourne Symphony, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis
with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony and Mozart’s Requiem
with the Colorado Symphony conducted by Pinchas Zukerman and the Seattle Symphony conducted by Ludovic Morlot. In recital, Ms. Cooke appears with pianist Julius Drake at Carnegie Hall and under the auspices of San Francisco Performances in works of Haydn, Liszt and Granados.
Her operatic engagements this season include the world premieres of Laura Kaminsky’s As One
at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Joby Talbot’s Everest
with The Dallas Opera directed by Leonard Foglia, as well as the role of Anna and cover of Didon in Sir David McVicar’s production of Berlioz's Les Troyens
at San Francisco Opera under the baton of Donald Runnicles.
A frequent performer of contemporary works, Ms. Cooke performs the orchestral premiere of Jake Heggie’s Camille Claudel: Into the Fire
song cycle with the Berkeley Symphony, a new work by Pierre Jalbert with the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and a premiere song cycle by Kevin Puts at Carnegie Hall. Chamber music performances include collaborations with I Musici de Montréal and Jean-Marie Zeitouni in Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
and Ravel's Shéhérazade
and with the Miró Quartet at the Kennedy Center in works of Wolf, Crumb and Schubert. Additional engagements include collaborations with Jeremy Denk and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Ms. Cooke has performed at numerous festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival, Caramoor International Music Festival, Luzerne Festival, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, Mostly Mozart Festival, Music@Menlo Festival and New York Festival of Song. A graduate of Rice University and The Juilliard School, as a student 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 very much enjoys mentoring and has given master-classes throughout the United States. She lives near Houston, TX with her 3 year-old daughter Evelyn and husband, baritone Kelly Markgraf.