(College Station, Texas)
2018–19 Season: Title role, Orlando
2019–20 Season: Hansel, Hansel and Gretel; Laurene Powell Jobs, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs
Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke made her San Francisco Opera debut in the title role of Mark Adamo’s The Gospel of Mary Magdalene (world premiere, 2013). She returned to the Company in 2015 as Anna in Les Troyens and Magdalene in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. This summer, she bows for the first time as the title role of Handel’s Orlando.
In the 2018–19 season, Sasha Cooke’s other operatic engagements include her role debut as Eduige in Rodelinda at the Gran Teatre del Liceu and Hansel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel with the Los Angeles Opera. Orchestral appearances include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for Handel’s Messiah, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 Resurrection with Cleveland Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra for Ravel’s Shéhérazade, and Houston Symphony in her first performance of Dvořák’s Stabat Mater.
Her 2019–20 season includes the leading roles of Hansel in Hansel and Gretel and Laurene Powell Jobs in Mason Bates and Mark Campbell’s The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs with San Francisco Opera, and concerts with the San Francisco Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Houston Symphony, and New York Philharmonic.
Cooke can be seen in Metropolitan Opera DVDs of Hansel and Gretel and the Grammy Award-winning production of Doctor Atomic. Her most recent recordings include the world-premiere, Grammy Award-winning recording of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs from the Santa Fe Opera; Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette with the San Francisco Symphony; Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 Resurrection with the Minnesota Orchestra on BIS Records; and Berlioz L'Enfance du Christ with The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra on the Chandos Records label.