American mezzo-soprano Catherine Cook has excelled in a wide range of roles with leading companies throughout the United States. The Cincinnati Post wrote that she "more than once recalled the great mezzo Marilyn Horne: her luxurious voice showed remarkable flexibility." Her exciting characterizations garner acclaim as well. Following recent performances of La Cenerentola, the San Francisco Chronicle exclaimed, "As Tisbe, the younger of the two stepsisters, mezzo-soprano Catherine Cook continued her seemingly endless streak as one of the company's great underused treasures, combining forceful singing and sly comic charm into an irresistible package."
Mezzo-soprano Catherine Cook will sing the title role in the new Tobias Picker opera with San Francisco Opera.
“There’s much to like in the opera though, in particular the music of Adam Gorb, which provides an off-beat light on the story. It is percussive during the set up scenes, but veers to its most sensual when things start going wrong: a lush jazzy color for a scene where Viktor and Natalia [Catherine Cook] get the girls drunk, and a power ballade for the amazing Catherine Cook … as she explain[s] how she was abused at ten by her father and walking the streets at 12.”
Release Date: 09/01/1993
Label: Centaur Records Catalog #: 2107
Spars Code: DDD
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Catherine Cook, Walter Pool, Rie Hagiwara, Richard Zeller
Conductor: Gerhard Samuel
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cincinnati Philharmonia Orchestra, Cincinnati College-Conservatory Chamber Choir
Number of Discs: 1
Recorded in: Stereo
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins.