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.
“Mezzo-soprano Catherine Cook as the old biddy Marcellina ... gets close to the biggest laugh of the night when her character, who has been pursuing Figaro as a potential mate, finds she is actually his long-lost mother. The expression on her face and quick-change in attitude is downright hilarious, and she accomplishes it without a trace of vulgarity.”
Bay Area Reporter
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.