Catherine Cook, mezzo soprano, has excelled in a wide range of roles with leading opera companies throughout the United States.
A former Merola participant and Adler Fellow with the San Francisco Opera, she has performed more than 50 roles in over 300 performances with San Francisco opera over a span of 25 years. A National Winner of the Metropolitan Opera competition, Ms. Cook has also performed with the Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Santa Fe opera. A Champion of new music, Catherine has sung in World premieres by Tobias Picker (Dolores Claiborne), Jake Heggie (Dead Man Walking), Tom Cipullo (After Life and The Parting), and Stewart Wallace (Bonesetter’s Daughter).
Her discography includes Dead Man Walking/Erato, Beethoven Ninth Symphony/Centaur, After Life/Naxos, and The Parting/Naxos. Ms. Cook received a BM from Millikin University, an MM from Wichita State University, and an Artist Diploma in Opera from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.
As an educator, Catherine has been on the Voice Faculty at SFCM since 2006, where she currently holds the Frederica von Stade Distinguished Chair in Voice. Her students have been invited to participate in the Young Artist Programs at Santa Fe Opera, Des Moines Opera, Central City Opera, Portland Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Arizona Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, and Teatro Nuovo. Ms. Cook is a frequent guest master class teacher, adjudicator, and gives workshops on audition technique. Catherine lives in Daly City with her husband and two children.