Bio

Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke has been called a “luminous standout” ( New Y ork 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. Highlights of her career have included the world premieres of operas by Mark Adamo, Mason Bates, William Bolcom, Laura Kaminsky, Nico Muhly, John Musto and Joby Talbot.

 

In 2018-19, Sasha Cooke’s operatic eng agements will include her return to the title role in Humperdinck’s  Hansel and Gretel with Los Angeles Opera and debuts as Eduige in Rodelinda at the Gran Teatre del Liceu and the title role of Orlando with the San Francisco Opera. On the concert stage she makes appearances with the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Houston, Atlanta, Nashville, St. Louis, the National Symphony, Sioux City and a domestic tour with the Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst. 

Ms. Cooke has performed with opera companies worldwide including the Metropolitan Opera, Opéra National de Bordeaux, San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera, Houston Grand Opera, English National Opera, Dallas Opera, Santa Fe Opera and The Israeli Opera. A dedicated recitalist, Ms. Cooke was presented by Young Concert Artists in her widely acclaimed New York and Washington debuts at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall and the Kennedy Center. She has also given recitals at Wigmore Hall, Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie’s Weill Hall among others. Ms. Cooke’s recordings can be found on the Hyperion, BIS, Chandos, Naxos, Bridge Records, Yarlung, GPR Records and Sono Luminus labels. Most recently her recordings include Sasha Cooke LIVE , a collection of her performances from the Music@Menlo chamber music festival, Mason Bates’ The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs released on Pentatone and upcoming releases of Mahler’s 2nd Symphony with Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra and Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony.

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, and Seattle Opera and Central City Opera’s Young Artist Training Programs. Ms. Cooke has given masterclasses throughout the United States and Canada. She lives near Houston, TX with daughters Evelyn and 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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