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Sasha Cooke

Sasha Cooke
mezzo soprano, artist-in-residence
The Pat Toppel Artist in Residence

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). She is sought after by the world’s leading orchestras, opera companies, and chamber music ensembles for her versatile repertoire. A devoted interpreter of new music, she has premiered works by composers Mark Adamo, Mason Bates, William Bolcom, Jake Heggie, Pierre Jalbert, Laura Kaminsky, Lowell Liebermann, Nico Muhly, John Musto, Marc Neikrug, Kevin Puts, Augusta Read Thomas and Joby Talbot. Ms. 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 over 70 symphony orchestras worldwide frequently in the works of Mahler under leading conductors including Michael Tilson Thomas, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Gustavo Dudamel, Bernard Haitink, James Levine, Edo de Waart, Trevor Pinnock, Harry Bicket, Riccardo Muti and Sir Mark Elder. During the 2020-21 season Ms. Cooke returns to the San Francisco Opera for Poul Ruders' A Handmaid's Tale and performs the world premiere of Joby Talbot's The Diving Bell and the Butterfly at Dallas Opera. With soprano Susanna Phillips she performs a domestic recital tour. On the concert stage she makes returns to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest and San Francisco Symphony with whom she was artist-in-residence in the 2019-20 season. Ms. Cooke's recordings can be found on the Hyperion, BIS, Chandos, Naxos, Bridge Records, Yarlung, GPR Records and Sono Luminus labels.

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