In 2018-19, Sasha Cooke’s operatic engagements will include role debuts as Eduige in Rodelinda at the Gran Teatre del Liceu and the title role of Orlando with the San Francisco Opera. She returns to the title role in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel which she performs with the Los Angeles Opera under the direction of James Conlon. Orchestral appearances include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for Handel’s Messiah , the National Symphony Orchestra for Ravel’s Shéhérazade under Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla, and Houston Symphony in her first performance of Dvorak’s Stabat Mater led by Andrés Orozco-Estrada. Ms. Cooke celebrates the centennial of Leonard Bernstein’s birth by performing his songs with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, in addition to the Symphony No. 1 Jeremiah with the Nashville Symphony, and Symphony No. 3 Kaddish with the St. Louis Symphony. She will reprise Passage (a work she created at the Kennedy Center in 2017) with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Cooke has performed with over 60 symphony orchestras on four continents and with opera companies around the world including the Metropolitan Opera, Opéra National de Bordeaux, San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera, Houston Grand Opera, English National Opera, Dallas Opera, Santa Fe Opera and The Israeli Opera. 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 given recitals at Wigmore Hall, Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie’s Weill Hall among others. Ms. Cooke’s recordings can be found on the Hyperion, Naxos, Bridge Records, Yarlung, GPR Records and Sono Luminus labels. Her most recent recordings include Sasha Cooke LIVE , a collection of her performances from the Music@Menlo chamber music festival, Mason Bates’ The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs released on Pentatone and upcoming releases of Mahler’s 2nd Symphony with Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra on BMI and Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas, one of Ms. Cooke’s greatest mentors and collaborators.
A graduate of Rice University and The Juilliard School, Sasha Cooke also attended the Music Academy of the West, the Aspen Music Festival, the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute, the Wolf Trap Foundation, the Marlboro Music Festival, the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, and Seattle Opera and Central City Opera’s Young Artist Training Programs. Ms. Cooke has given masterclasses throughout the United States and Canada. She lives near Houston, TX with daughters Evelyn and Julia and husband baritone Kelly Markgraf.