(College Station, Texas)
2015–16 Season: Magdalene in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke made her San Francisco Opera debut creating the title role in the world premiere of Adamo’s The Gospel of Mary Magdalene in 2013. Recent engagements include Magnolia (Show Boat) at Houston Grand Opera; Sonja (Argento’s The Aspern Papers) with the Dallas Opera; a European tour with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony; concerts with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland Symphony, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Columbus Symphony, Orchestre de Lyon, Detroit Symphony, the L.A. Philarmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and the Miro Quartet. She sang Kitty Oppenheimer in the Metropolitan Opera premiere of John Adams’s Doctor Atomic, the DVD release of which won the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording. A graduate of the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Program and the Juilliard School, Cooke is a frequent performer of new music having given premieres of works by John Musto, William Bolcom, John Corigliano, Lowell Liebermann, and Augusta Read Thomas, among others. A dedicated recitalist, Cooke was presented by Young Concert Artists in her widely acclaimed New York and Washington debuts at Carnegie Hall and at the Kennedy Center. Her recordings are available on Bridge, Naxos, Music@Menlo Live labels in addition to her solo album with the Colburn Orchestra on Yarlung Records. Cooke’s engagements in the 2014–15 season include the world premieres of Kaminsky’s As One and Talbot’s Everest with the Dallas Opera; Anna (Les Troyens) at San Francisco Opera; and concerts with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, Houston Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Colorado Symphony, and Seattle Symphony as well as a recital with San Francisco Performances.