Bio

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 appears frequently this season singing Mahler, whose works she has sung to great acclaim on four different continents. Sought after by the world’s leading orchestras, opera companies, and chamber music ensembles for her versatile repertoire and commitment to new music, Ms. Cooke’s season continues to bring world premiere performances and unique artistic collaborations.

Ms. Cooke bookends her 2016-17 season with 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. Throughout the season 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, Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and a staged version of Das Klagende Lied with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas, and 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 WaartDuruflé’s Requiem with both National Symphony Orchestra under Donald Runnicles and Cleveland Orchestra under Matthew Halls, 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 with Jeffrey Kahane, 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.

Last season marked the release of Liszt Vol.4 on Hyperion with Ms. Cooke alongside Julius Drake. Past recordings include music by William BolcomMohammed Fairouz, John Harbison, Xavier Montsalvatge and John Musto as well as her solo album If you love for beauty with the Colburn Orchestra

Ms. Cooke has worked with 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 Symphoni e 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. 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 very much enjoys mentoring and has given masterclasses throughout the United States. She lives near Houston, TX with her 5 year-old daughter Evelyn, new baby Julia and husband baritone Kelly Markgraf .

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Radio

Ravel: Shéhérazade
Chausson: Chanson perpétuelle, Op. 37
Chausson: Poème de l'amour et de la mer, Op. 19
Hahn: Chansons grises (7)


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