B i o g r a p h y
Cynthia Cook is the epitome of the modern bel canto mezzo soprano. Her large, lush voice, impeccable use of florid agility, and her natural beauty serve her well in all of
In 2016/17, she performed the dual roles of Baroness/Vanderdendur in Candide at Opéra National de Bordeaux and Théatre du Capitole Toulouse. In 2014, she gave a shining performance in the lead role of Sondra Finchley in the World Premiere of the newly revised version of Tobias Picker’s An American Tragedy at Glimmerglass Festival where she returned this past year to play Baroness and Vanderdendur in Candide. Last season, she continued her work with Francesca Zambello in Washington National Opera’s new production of Dialogues of the Carmelites as a Sister Anne while covering the role of Mother Marie, and sang the mezzo solo in Rachmaninov’s Vespers with Princeton Pro Musica.
Cynthia Cook has received training and performed leading roles with some of the most prestigious Young Artist programs in the United States. At Florida Grand Opera, she appeared as Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflote and Teresa in La Sonnambula (under the direction of Renata Scotto). With the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program she covered Calbo in Rossini’s Maometto II and Adelaide in Arabella. In the apprentice scenes concert, she gave a memorable performance as Princess Eboli in the Garden Scene from Don Carlo. A graduate from the renowned Academy of Vocal Arts, she sang a wide range of roles, including: Adalgisa in Norma, Meg Page in Falstaff, Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Smeton in Anna Bolena, and Adelaide in Arabella.
In 2015, Cynthia Cook received a Grant from the Giulio Gari Competition. Ms. Cook has received prizes from the Career Bridges Foundation and from the Gerda Lissner Competition.