Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke has been called a “luminous standout” by the New York Times and “equal parts poise, radiance and elegant directness” by Opera News. Sought after by the world’s leading orchestras, opera companies and chamber music ensembles for her versatile repertoire and commitment to new music, Cooke continues to perform world premiere performances and unique artistic collaborations.
A frequent performer of contemporary works, Cooke recently performed seven world premieres – Laura Kaminsky’s As One with American Opera Projects at Brooklyn Academy of Music, Mark Adamo’s The Gospel of Mary Magdalene at San Francisco Opera, Joby Talbot’s Everest at Dallas Opera, John Adams’ Doctor Atomic at the Metropolitan and English National operas, Marc Neikrug’s Canta-Concerto with the New York Philharmonic and Mark Grey’s operatic adaption of Frankenstein at La Monnaie in Brussels.
Cooke recently released Liszt Vol. 4 on Hyperion alongside Julius Drake. Past recordings include music by William Bolcom, Mohammed Fairouz, John Harbison, Xavier Montsalvatge and John Musto as well as her solo album If you love for beauty with the Colburn Orchestra.
Cooke has worked with orchestras around the world in cities including Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Colorado, Dallas, Detroit, Edmonton, Hong Kong, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Leipzig, Los Angeles, Louisiana, Lyon, Melbourne, Milwaukee, Nashville, New York, New Zealand, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Seattle, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and Tuscon as well as the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin and the Orpheus and St. Paul chamber orchestras. She has also performed at numerous festivals in Aspen, Caramoor, Chautauqua, Luzerne, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, New York, Spoleto; and at the Mostly Mozart and Music@Menlo festivals, the Festival of Song and the Chamber Music Festivals of Portland, Santa Fe and Seattle. A graduate of Rice University and The Juilliard School, she now lives near Houston, Texas with her daughter Evelyn and husband, baritone Kelly Markgraf.