Two-time 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. Cooke has sung at the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, English National Opera, Seattle Opera, Opéra National de Bordeaux, and Gran Teatre del Liceu, among others, and with more than 80 symphony orchestras worldwide frequently in the works of Mahler. This season marks Cooke’s appointment at the Music Academy of the West as Co-Director of the Lehrer Vocal Institute.
Last season saw the release of Ms. Cooke’s new album, how do I find you, on the Pentatone label. Featuring songs by Caroline Shaw, Nico Muhly, Missy Mazzoli, and Jimmy Lopez, among others, the recording is intended as a tribute to both the struggles and hopes of those affected by the pandemic. All seventeen songs were written in 2020. Ms. Cooke performed the world premiere in January 2022 as part of the San Francisco Symphony’s Great Performers Series.
As 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 appeared in recital at Alice Tully Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the 92nd Street Y.
Sasha Cooke is a graduate of Rice University and The Juilliard School. She also attended the Music Academy of the West, Aspen Music Festival, Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute, Wolf Trap Foundation, Marlboro Music Festival, Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, and Seattle Opera and Central City Opera’s Young Artist Training Programs.