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). Recognized notably in the French and German repertoire, shee appears frequently singing Mahler and Berlioz, composers whose works she has sung to great acclaim on four different continents.
Her recent operatic engagements have included the world premieres of Laura Kaminsky’s As One at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, which was commissioned for her and baritone Kelly Markgraf, and Joby Talbot’s Everest with the Dallas Opera. A frequent performer of contemporary works, Ms. Cooke recently performed Jake Heggie’s Camille Claudel: Into the Fire song cycle with the Berkeley Symphony and a world premiere by Pierre Jalbert with the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra..
Operatic highlights of Ms. Cooke’s career include her San Francisco Opera debut as the title role in the world premiere of Mark Adamo’s The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, in which she was hailed as “the glory of the production” (San Francisco Examiner) with a “performance of vocal majesty and theatrical clarity” (San Francisco Chronicle). She made her role debuts as Magnolia in Francesca Zambello’s production of Show Boat at Houston Grand Opera and as Sonja in Dominick Argento’s The Aspern Papers at Dallas Opera, and her critically-acclaimed portrayal of Kitty Oppenheimer in John Adams’ Doctor Atomic has been seen at the Metropolitan Opera and at English National Opera in her European debut.
Ms. Cooke is a renowned interpreter of Mahler’s symphonic works, frequently collaborating with the world’s leading conductors and orchestras. Her performances of Mahler’s Third Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony on their 2014 European Tour were praised for their “resonant tone and intelligent projection” (Financial Times).