Biography

Praised by the Washington Post for his “imposing and promising tenor,” Patrick Cook began the 2017-18 season with the creation of the role of Dr. Osborn in the world premiere of Musto’s Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt with On Site Opera in performances at New York’s American Museum of Natural History.  Later this season, he sings the title role in excerpts of La clemenza di Tito in the operatic pastiche On Behalf of a Madman with Grand Harmonie in Boston as well as the title role of Sadko with Bel Cantanti Opera.  His engagements next season include his Washington National Opera debut.  Most recently, he joined the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra with Marin Alsop conducting as the Governor and Vanderdendur in Candide, DC Public Opera as Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw, and New Dominion Chorale for Eisenstein in a concert featuring excerpts of Die Fledermaus.

Other recent performances for the tenor include Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos with the Singers’ Theatre of Washington and Hub Opera Ensemble, both David in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and the Steuermann in Der fliegende Höllander in a concert of Wagner favorites with the Washington Chorus, the title role of Idomeneo with Maryland Opera Studio, as well as Don Jose in Carmen with the Hub Opera Ensemble and Opera AACC in Annapolis, Maryland.  He has also joined Washington Concert Opera as Mitrane in Semiramide, Hub Opera Ensemble for Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Maryland Lyric Opera for Tybalt in Roméo et Juliette, and Annapolis Opera as the Messenger in Aida and Spoletta in Tosca. His first commercial recording features him as Bois-Rosé and Premiere Moine in Les Huguenots with the American Symphony Orchestra.

His concert performances include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at the Church of the Epiphany in Washington, DC, Dvořák’s Requiem with the United States Naval Academy Glee Club, Haydn’s Missa in tempore belli with the Metropolitan Philharmonic, and Handel’s Messiah with the Handel Choir of Baltimore.  While at the University of Maryland, he sang Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde and Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri, and at Bard College Conservatory, his concert performances included Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht.

Mr. Cook is a previous winner of the Washington DC district of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.  He is an alumnus of the Wolf Trap Opera Studio, at which he sang Padre Ruffiano in Musto’s The Inspector.  While completing his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Maryland College Park, he also sang Luigi in Il tabarro, Man with Old Luggage in Argento’s Postcard from Morocco, and Bentley Drummle in the same composer’s Miss Havisham’s Fire.  He holds a Master of Music degree from the Bard College Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Juilliard School.