Sasha Cooke sings Mahler and Contemporary Art Song

June 3, 2023, 4:00 pm

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Sasha Cooke
Sasha Cooke (Photo: Stephanie Girard)

Two-time Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke has been called a “luminous standout” by the New York Times and “equal parts poise, radiance and elegant directness” by Opera News. Ms. Cooke has sung principle roles at the Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Opera, English National Opera, and Gran Teatre del Liceu, among others, and with over 80 symphony orchestras worldwide frequently in the works of Mahler. This season marks Ms. Cooke’s appointment at the Music Academy of the West as Co-Director of the Lehrer Vocal Institute. She joins host Oliver Camacho to discuss her special relationship with the music of Gustav Mahler, the San Francisco Symphony & conductor Michael Tilson Thomas; and to share the story of commissioning 17 songs for her Grammy-nominated album how do I find you. Sasha Cooke performs songs of Alma Mahler with Chicago Symphony Orchestra during their residency at Ravinia Festival on July 19.

Sasha Cooke sings “Urlicht” from Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Houston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada.


All selections feature mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke.

Gustav Mahler: “Liebst du um Schönheit” from RückertLieder
Colburn Orchestra
Yehuda Gilad, conductor

Xavier Montsalvatge: Madrigal sobre un tema popular
Wendy Sutter, cello
Perspectives Ensemble
Angel Gil-Ordóñez, conductor

Benjamin Britten: A Charm of Lullabies, Op. 41
II. The Highland Balou
III. Sephestia’s Lullaby
IV. A Charm
Inon Barnatan, piano

Mahler: “Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen” from Des Knaben Wunderhorn
San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor

John Musto: “Litany” from Shadow of the Blues
John Musto, piano

John Adams: “Am I in Your Light?” from Doctor Atomic
Colburn Orchestra
Yehuda Gilad, conductor

Caroline Shaw: how do I find you
Andrew Marshall: (A bad case of) Kids
Jimmy López Bellido: Where Once We Sang
Kirill Kuzmin, piano