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Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke caused a sensation at San Francisco Opera in the world premiere of Mark Adamo's The Gospel of Mary Magdalene. "With her soaring and warm voice, crystalline diction and regal yet endearing presence, Sasha Cooke as Mary is the glory of the production" (San Francisco Examiner). Acclaimed for her performances in symphony, opera, chamber music and recital, Sasha Cooke has been called "the luminous standout" (New York Times) and "equal parts poise, radiance and elegant directness" (Opera News).
Ms. Cooke began the 2013-14 season returning to the Hollywood Bowl in Mahler's Symphony No. 2 with Michael Tilson Thomas and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Other symphonic engagements this season include appearances with Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic performing Britten’s Spring Symphony, Pierre Boulez and the Chicago Symphony in Ravel and Stravinsky, performances of Mahler’s 2nd with both Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under Tugan Sokhiev and Columbus Symphony conducted by Jean Marie Zeituni as well as her debut with Indianapolis Symphony in Verdi's Requiem with Krzystof Urbanski. Ms. Cooke will appear with her husband baritone Kelly Markgraf on New Year's Eve with the San Francisco Symphony. She also makes debuts with The Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Cristian Macelaru in Handel and the MDR Orchestra of Leipzig in Prokofiev and Debussy with James Gaffigan conducting. Following a return to the Los Angeles Philharmonic for Philip Glass' The Civil Wars with Grant Gershon, Ms. Cooke will embark on a European tour with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony performing Mahler’s Symphony No. 3.
Additional highlights include her debut with Opéra National de Bordeaux as Smeton in Anna Bolena, her Wigmore Hall debut recital performing with Julius Drake as well as chamber music performances with Chamber Music Society of New York at Lincoln Center, Chamber Music Northwest, Celebrity Series of Boston, Da Camera of Houston, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and Sejong Soloists in Goyang, Korea. As a recitalist, Ms. Cooke travels to University of Little Rock Arkansas, Emory Univeristy and Matinee Musicale in Duluth, Minnesota as well as a recital performance in Alice Tully Hall. Contemporary works continue to be a vital part of Ms. Cooke's versatile career. She performs works this season by John Harbison, Lowell Lieberman, and Mohammed Fairouz. Premieres in future seasons include works by Jake Heggie, Laura Kaminsky, Joby Talbot and Mark Grey. As Kitty Oppenheimer in the Metropolitan premiere of John Adam's Doctor Atomic, Sasha was praised for "her fresh, vital portrayal, bringing a luminous tone, a generously supported musical line, a keen sense of verbal nuance, and a flair for seduction.” She reprised the role in her European debut at the English National Opera. Her recordings are available on Bridge, Naxos, Music@Menlo Live labels, in addition to her solo album with the Colburn Orchestra on Yarlung Records.