Artist Bio

Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano

Two-time 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). This season, Cooke returns to the Metropolitan Opera for her role debut as Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro and as Eduige in Rodelinda. Concert highlights include performances with the Minnesota Orchestra of Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Symphony no. 8, the latter conducted by Osmo Vänskä, and with the Los Angeles Philharmonic of Michael Tilson Thomas’s Meditations on Rilke, conducted by the composer. Cooke also gives a solo recital at the Tucson Desert Song Festival, where she premieres a new work by Jennifer Higdon. January 2022 marks the release of Cooke’s new CD, entitled how do I find you, on the Pentatone label. The recording, featuring songs by Caroline Shaw, Nico Muhly, and others, serves as a tribute to both the struggles and hopes of artists that have been wrought by the pandemic. Cooke performs the world premiere as part of the San Francisco Symphony’s Great Performers Series before giving subsequent recitals at the Shriver Hall Concert Series and elsewhere. Cooke has sung at the Metropolitan Opera, English National Opera, and Gran Teatre del Liceu, among others, and with more than 70 symphony orchestras worldwide. Recent recordings can be found on the Hyperion, BIS, and Chandos labels. Cooke studied at Rice University, the Juilliard School, and the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.
Sasha Cooke will perform in Concert Program I (July 16).