(College Station, Texas)
2018–19 Season: Title role of Orlando
Mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke made her San Francisco Opera debut creating the title role in the world premiere of Mark Adamo’s The Gospel of Mary Magdalene in 2013. She has also appeared with the Company as Magdalene in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Anna in Les Troyens, both in 2015. Other recent engagements include Laurene Powell Jobs for the world premiere of Mason Bates' The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs at the Santa Fe Opera, Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel at Seattle Opera, Mahler’s Das Klagende Lied and Berlioz's Roméo et Juliette with the San Francisco Symphony and conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, and the title role in the new Nico Muhly opera Marnie at English National Opera. A graduate of the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Program and the Juilliard School, Cooke is a frequent performer of new music, having given premieres of works by John Musto, William Bolcom, John Corigliano, Lowell Liebermann, and Augusta Read Thomas, among others. She sang Kitty Oppenheimer in the Metropolitan Opera premiere of John Adams’ Doctor Atomic, the DVD release of which won the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording. In the 2017–18 season, Cooke sings Goffredo in a concert version of Handel’s Rinaldo alongside the English Concert conducted by Harry Bicket with performances at Carnegie Hall (New York), the Auditorio Nacional de Música (Madrid), and Barbican Centre (London). Other concert engagements include Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with the San Francisco Symphony and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the London Symphony Orchestra, both conducted by Tilson Thomas.