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).
Symphonic engagements of Ms. Cooke’s 2015-2016 season include performances of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the San Francisco Symphony and New World Symphony, both under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas, and with the Tucson Symphony, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Carlos Prieto and the Louisiana Philharmonic, Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with Lan Shui and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Handel’s Messiah with Trevor Pinnock and the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Nashville Symphony conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero and the Seattle Symphony conducted by Andrew Grams.
A frequent performer of contemporary works, Ms. Cooke’s season features the world premiere of Marc Neikrug’s Canta-Concerto with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Alan Gilbert.
Her other operatic engagements this season include her role debut as Magdalena in Sir David McVicar’s production of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg with San Francisco Opera under the baton of Sir Mark Elder. Ms. Cooke also joins Harry Bicket and The English Concert in her role debut as Medoro in Handel’s Orlando on tour to Vienna’s Theater an der Wien, Birmingham’s Town Hall, Valencia’s Palau de la Música, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw, London’s Barbican Centre, and New York’s Carnegie Hall.