Biography

Two-time Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke is sought after by the world’s leading orchestras, opera companies, and chamber music ensembles for her versatile repertoire and commitment to new music. She has premiered works by Mark Adamo, Mason Bates, William Bolcom, Pierre Jalbert, Laura Kaminsky, Lowell Liebermann, Nico Muhly, John Musto, Marc Neikrug, Kevin Puts, Joby Talbot, Augusta Read Thomas and Michael Tilson Thomas. She has sung at the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, English National Opera, Seattle Opera, Opéra National de Bordeaux, and Gran Teatre del Liceu, among others, and with over 70 symphony orchestras worldwide, frequently in the works of Mahler and Berlioz under such leading conductors as Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Gustavo Dudamel, Bernard Haitink, James Levine, Edo de Waart, Trevor Pinnock, Harry Bicket, Michael Tilson Thomas, Riccardo Muti and Sir Mark Elder. Sasha is a graduate of Rice University, The Juilliard School and the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Program. Most recently she appears on five recordings, including L’enfance du Christ with Sir Andrew Davis and the Melbourne Symphony on Chandos, Bates’ The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs on PENTATONE which won the 2019 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra on BIS, Michael Tilson Thomas’ Meditation on Rilke with the San Francisco Symphony, and Sasha Cooke LIVE, a collection of her performances from the Music@Menlo chamber music festival released on their label. Sasha lives in Texas with her husband, baritone Kelly Markgraf, and their two daughters, Evelyn and Julia.

 

Discography

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