Voices of Our Time

voices of our time

Annapolis Opera presents the most exciting young artists from across the world in our annual Voices of Our Time concert, this year featuring mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, and pianist Justina Lee.

Acclaimed Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke is dazzling audiences across the world whether in concert, in recordings, as a champion of new works, or in traditional opera roles.

Don’t miss the opportunity to meet the artist at a special post-concert wine and dessert reception!

Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Maryland Hall | 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD

Annapolis Opera Voices of Our Time

The Annapolis Opera is committed to providing our patrons, staff, and performers the safest environment possible. To create a comfortable and safe space for all to enjoy performances, the Opera will require all patrons attending performances to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of full vaccination at the entry of all Opera events. This may be provided as a picture of your vaccination card on your cell phone or by showing your card at the check in desk prior to entry.  Because the Opera is requiring a 100% vaccination policy for events and performances, all staff and performers are also required to meet these standards. Directional signs will assist patrons to locate the entry points for check in.

In addition, and in compliance with each venue’s COVID-19 policy, audience members are required to wear masks in all indoor spaces, regardless of their vaccination status.

Please note that if you do not have proof of vaccination, you will not be allowed to attend.

Sasha Cooke Voices of Our Time

Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano

Two-time Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke has been called a “luminous standout” (The New York Times) and “equal parts poise, radiance and elegant directness” (Opera News). Ms. 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.

In the 2021-22 season, Ms. Cooke returns to the Metropolitan Opera for her role debut as Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro, under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin. On the concert stage, she joins the Boston Symphony first for performances of Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass, conducted by Jakub Hrůša, and then again as Margret in Wozzeck, both in Boston and on tour at Carnegie Hall under the baton of Andris Nelsons. She also joins the Minnesota Orchestra for Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer and subsequently for Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, the latter conducted by Osmo Vänskä. Additionally, she performs Michael Tilson Thomas’ Meditations on Rilke with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by the composer, scenes from Nadia Boulanger’s Faust et Hélène with the Houston Symphony, led by Fabien Gabel, Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Karina Canellakis, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Oregon Symphony, Jake Heggie’s The Work at Hand and Elgar’s Sea Pictures with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, led by Gemma New, Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer with the New World Symphony, and a holiday concert with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra. Finally, she gives a solo recital at the Tucson Desert Song Festival, joined by pianist Myra Huang, where she premieres a new work by Jennifer Higdon.

The coming season also marks the release of Ms. Cooke’s new CD, entitled how do I find you, on the Pentatone label. The recording, which features songs by Caroline Shaw, Nico Muhly, Missy Mazzoli and Jimmy Lopez, among others, is intended as a tribute to both the struggles and hopes of artists that have been wrought by the pandemic. All 17 songs were composed in 2020. Ms. Cooke will perform the world premiere on January 30, 2022, as part of the San Francisco Symphony’s Great Performers Series, before giving subsequent recitals at the Shriver Hall Concert Series and elsewhere, with pianist Kirill Kuzmin.

Ms. Cooke has performed with opera companies worldwide, including the Metropolitan Opera, Opéra National de Bordeaux, Los Angeles Opera, Seattle Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Israeli Opera and English National Opera. During her career, she has been engaged by over 70 orchestras and performed at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall’s Weill and Zankel Halls, Palau de la Música de València, Hollywood Bowl, Theater an der Wien, Alice Tully Hall, Auditorio Nacional de Música, Elbphilharmonie and Brooklyn Academy of Music. Ms. Cooke is a graduate of Rice University and The Juilliard School. She also attended the Music Academy of the West, Aspen Music Festival, Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute, Wolf Trap, Marlboro Music Festival, Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, and Seattle Opera and Central City Opera’s Young Artist Training Programs.

Justina Lee, pianist

American collaborative artist Justina Lee has served as assistant conductor, pianist, and coach for such companies such as The Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, Seattle Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, The Castleton Festival, and Wolf Trap Opera Company. A frequent collaborator with acclaimed tenor Lawrence Brownlee, she appears with him on National Public Radio’s Tiny Desk Concert series. Additional recital highlights include collaborations with Lisette Oropesa, Dimitri Pittas, Tamara Wilson, Linda Mabbs, and Gordon Hawkins. Ms. Lee has appeared under the auspices of the Marilyn Horne Foundation residency program and on recital series that include On Wings of Song at Carnegie Hall, the Harriman-Jewell Series, the Washington Performing Arts Series at The Kennedy Center, and on Renée Fleming’s VOICES recital series. She can also be seen on medici.tv as pianist for Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute masterclasses with Joyce DiDonato.

Ms. Lee is an alumna of the distinguished Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera and holds degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Manhattan School of Music. She joined the University of Maryland, College Park faculty in 2008 and currently serves as Principal Coach of the Maryland Opera Studio.