Performance Thursday, March 12, 2015 | 7:30 PM

Sasha Cooke
Julius Drake

Zankel Hall
Sasha Cooke continues to win accolades for her opera and song performances. The New Yorker has praised her “luminous tone,” and she’s been called “equal parts poise, radiance, and elegant directness” (Opera News). As part of this recital, Cooke sings the world premiere of a work by Pulitizer Prize–winning composer Kevin Puts.


  • Sasha Cooke, Mezzo-Soprano
  • Julius Drake, Piano


  • HAYDN Arianna a Naxos, Hob. XXVIb: 2
  • LISZT "Wieder möcht ich dir begegnen," S. 322
  • LISZT "Lasst mich ruhen," S. 314 (after Fallersleben)
  • LISZT "Was Liebe sei," S. 288, No. 3 (after Hagn)
  • LISZT "Des Tages laute Stimmen schweigen," S. 337 (after Saar)
  • MAHLER Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
  • KEVIN PUTS Of All the Moons (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
  • GRANADOS Selections from Tonadillas en un estilo antiguo
    ·· La maja dolorosa
    ·· El tra-la-la y el punteado
    ·· El mirar de la maja
    ·· El majo discreto

  • Encores:
  • PORTER "Give Him the Ooh-La-La" from DuBarry Was a Lady
  • PORTER "In the Still of the Night" from Rosalie

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.


  • Sasha Cooke 

    Recognized notably in the French and German repertoire, Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke appears frequently this season singing Mahler and Berlioz, composers whose works she has sung to great acclaim on four different continents. Sought after by the world's leading orchestras, opera companies, and chamber-music ensembles for her versatile repertoire and commitment to new music, Ms. Cooke's current season offers world-premiere performances and unique artistic collaborations.

    Symphonic engagements of the 2014-2015 season include performances of Berlioz's Roméo et Juliette with Tugan Sokhiev and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Verdi's Requiem with Andrés Orozco-Estrada and the Houston Symphony, Mahler's Third Symphony with Sir Andrew Davis and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Handel's Messiah with Matthew Halls and The Philadelphia Orchestra, Beethoven's Missa solemnis with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, and Mozart's Requiem with the Colorado Symphony conducted by Pinchas Zukerman and the Seattle Symphony conducted by Ludovic Morlot.

    Her operatic engagements this season include the world premieres of Laura Kaminsky's As One at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, which was commissioned for her and baritone Kelly Markgraf by American Opera Projects in collaboration with librettist Mark Campbell and librettist-filmmaker Kimberly Reed; and Joby Talbot's Everest with The Dallas Opera directed by Leonard Foglia. Ms. Cooke also performs the role of Anna in Sir David McVicar's production of Les Troyens at the San Francisco Opera under the baton of Donald Runnicles.

    A frequent performer of contemporary works, Ms. Cooke performs Jake Heggie's Camille Claudel: Into the Fire song cycle with the Berkeley Symphony and a world premiere by Pierre Jalbert with the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra. Chamber-music performances include collaborations with I Musici de Montréal and Jean-Marie Zeitouni, and the Miró Quartet at the Kennedy Center. Additional engagements include collaborations with Jeremy Denk and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

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  • Julius Drake 

    Pianist Julius Drake specializes in the field of chamber music and works with many of the world's leading artists. Recent seasons have taken him to the Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Munich, Schubertiade, and Salzburg music festivals; New York's Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center; Amsterdam's Concertgebouw; Cologne's Philharmonie; Paris's Théâtre du Châtelet and Musée du Louvre; Milan'sTeatro alla Scala; Barcelona'sGran Teatre del Liceu; Vienna's Musikverein and Konzerthaus; and London's Wigmore Hall and BBC Proms.

    Mr. Drake's many recordings include a widely acclaimed series with Gerald Finley for Hyperion, which earned the pair three Gramophone Awards; award-winning recordings with Ian Bostridge for EMI; recitals for the Wigmore Hall Live label with Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Matthew Polenzani,
    Joyce DiDonato, and Alice Coote, among others; recordings of Tchaikovsky and Mahler with Christianne Stotijn for Onyx Classics; and English song with Bejun Mehta for Harmonia Mundi.

    Mr. Drake is in the middle of a major project to record the complete songs of Franz Liszt for Hyperion. The second disc in the series, with Angelika Kirchschlager, won the BBC Music Magazine Award in 2012. Mr. Drake is also a committed teacher and is regularly invited to give master classes-this season in Aldeburgh, Basel, Toronto, and Utrecht, as well as at the Franz Schubert Institute in Baden bei Wien. He is a professor at the
    University of Music and Performing Arts Graz in Austria, where he teaches a class for song pianists.

    Upcoming highlights include an extensive tour of the US with tenor Matthew Polenzani; a four-part Schumann series at the Royal Concertgebouw; recordings with Sarah Connolly, Eva-Maria Westbroek,Christoph Prégardien, Ian Bostridge, and Gerald Finley; and recitals in his own series at London's historic Middle Temple Hall.

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Britten's "A Charm" from A Charm of Lullabies, Op. 41
Sasha Cooke, Mezzo-Soprano | Inon Barnatan, Piano

At a Glance

On this program, we alternate between different countries, languages, and centuries, as well as between songs of love and love’s despair. We begin with a solo cantata by Haydn in which the Cretan princess Arianna, abandoned by Theseus, laments and rages by the seashore. Among the songs by Liszt is the third setting of a singular poem originally penned to him on a fan by his soon-to-be lover. In Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer), we hear the first song cycle by a young Mahler, mourning for lost love. American composer Kevin Puts, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 2012 for his opera Silent Night, has composed a new work specifically for Sasha Cooke, bringing us to the present day before we conclude with Granados and several of his many homages to the art of Francisco Goya.
Program Notes



This concert and the Pure Voice Series are sponsored by the Jean & Jula Goldwurm Memorial Foundation in memory of Jula Goldwurm.