Sasha Cooke studied at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, subsequently gaining experience in the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artists Development Program.
The American mezzo-soprano is particularly well known for her contributions to performances of Mahler symphonies and orchestral songs and for her dedication to contemporary music. She won a Grammy Award for her interpretation of Kitty Oppenheimer on the DVD of the Metropolitan Opera production of John Adams’s Doctor Atomic.
Recent career highlights include performances with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis and with the Miró Quartet, the European tour with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, the world premiere of Laura Kaminsky’s As One at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, her interpretation of Anna in Berlioz’s Les Troyens at the San Francisco Opera and a recital with pianist Julius Drake at Carnegie Hall in New York.
Cooke will be making her first appearance with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in the 2016–17 season.