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SFGate

“For nearly a quarter of a century, the versatile and dramatically forceful mezzo-soprano has been the San Francisco Opera’s go-to choice for a wide range of character roles… Total S.F. Opera performances to date: 321, and counting.  It’s the career she always hoped for.”

San Francisco Examiner

“Cook has been wowing audiences since the early 1990s, singing comprimaro roles to perfection.  Most recently, she excelled as the servant Marcellina in San Francisco Opera’s fall production of Mozart’s ‘Marriage of Figaro,’ and took a brilliant turn as the wily Mrs. Peachum in West Edge Opera’s ‘Threepenny Opera.’  Both performances left audiences limp with laughter.”

San Francisco Opera Blog

“In the solitude of her car, as she drove home from that first staging rehearsal, Catherine Cook started to cry.  She didn’t expect to.  But suddenly the emotions overwhelmed her: she would be back on stage, performing live, for the first time in over a year.

“The tears surprised the normally chipper voice professor and mezzo-soprano.  ‘You know when you’re crying, and you’re asking yourself, “Why am I crying?”‘ Cook laughs, looking back.”

Marin Mommies

“…As a teenager, she became enraptured with what she saw playing out on stage.  It was music, comedy, and acting, all rolled into one.  ‘I remember sitting in the opera house thinking, “This is it.  Oh my gosh, this is everything I love on one stage.”‘  Years later, she would be in The Barber of Seville herself.  Having trained at San Francisco Opera as an Adler Fellow, she returned to make the Bay Area her home.”

San Francisco Classical Voice

“As performers are sheltering-in-place with gigs up in the air or gone, some are finding solace in the act of cooking.  In February, mezzo-soprano Catherine Cook reprised the role of Julia Child in Bon Appetit, playing the iconic cook in Opera Parallèle’s fundraiser at Hayes Street Grill and then during the Sun Valley Music Festival, little knowing the role would be her last for months.”

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Features

SFGate

“For nearly a quarter of a century, the versatile and dramatically forceful mezzo-soprano has been the San Francisco Opera’s go-to choice for a wide range of character roles… Total S.F. Opera performances to date: 321, and counting.  It’s the career she always hoped for.”

San Francisco Examiner

“Cook has been wowing audiences since the early 1990s, singing comprimaro roles to perfection.  Most recently, she excelled as the servant Marcellina in San Francisco Opera’s fall production of Mozart’s ‘Marriage of Figaro,’ and took a brilliant turn as the wily Mrs. Peachum in West Edge Opera’s ‘Threepenny Opera.’  Both performances left audiences limp with laughter.”

San Francisco Opera Blog

“In the solitude of her car, as she drove home from that first staging rehearsal, Catherine Cook started to cry.  She didn’t expect to.  But suddenly the emotions overwhelmed her: she would be back on stage, performing live, for the first time in over a year.

“The tears surprised the normally chipper voice professor and mezzo-soprano.  ‘You know when you’re crying, and you’re asking yourself, “Why am I crying?”‘ Cook laughs, looking back.”

Marin Mommies

“…As a teenager, she became enraptured with what she saw playing out on stage.  It was music, comedy, and acting, all rolled into one.  ‘I remember sitting in the opera house thinking, “This is it.  Oh my gosh, this is everything I love on one stage.”‘  Years later, she would be in The Barber of Seville herself.  Having trained at San Francisco Opera as an Adler Fellow, she returned to make the Bay Area her home.”

San Francisco Classical Voice

“As performers are sheltering-in-place with gigs up in the air or gone, some are finding solace in the act of cooking.  In February, mezzo-soprano Catherine Cook reprised the role of Julia Child in Bon Appetit, playing the iconic cook in Opera Parallèle’s fundraiser at Hayes Street Grill and then during the Sun Valley Music Festival, little knowing the role would be her last for months.”

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