Biography

Born and raised in Pasadena, MD, Patrick Cook began singing in choirs and performing in musical theater productions as a teenager. He attended the Baltimore School for the Arts and majored in voice. During his high school years, Patrick was a member of the Annapolis Opera chorus where he performed in operas by Mozart, Puccini and Verdi.

Patrick was accepted to The Juilliard School with Presidential Distinction as a scholarship student, and began his conservatory training with famed Irish tenor Robert White. While still a student, Patrick performed in many of New York City’s top concert venues including Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fisher Hall presenting song recitals, chamber concerts and world premiere operas. As a recipient of the 2006 Lucrezia Bori grant, Patrick spent the summer studying Italian language and culture in Rome, Milan and Genoa. At Juilliard, Patrick studied and performed with Margo Garrett, Thomas Grubb, Corradina Caporello, Denise Massé, Kathryn LaBouff, Gina Levinson, and Nico Castel.

After earning his Bachelor of Music degree from Juilliard, Patrick was a member of the inaugural class of Studio Artists at the Wolf Trap Opera Company in Vienna, VA. Patrick returned the following summer for his second season as a Studio Artist with WTOC, where he performed supporting roles and covered leading roles. Patrick pursued graduate studies at Bard College Conservatory’s new Graduate Vocal Arts Program directed by soprano Dawn Upshaw and pianist Kayo Iwama. Patrick further expanded his concert and recital repertoire culminating in his debut at Carnegie Hall in Scenes from Dog Days by composer David T. Little as part of the 2009 Dawn Upshaw/Osvaldo Golijov Composing Song Workshop. Patrick performed frequently with the American Symphony Orchestra and Bard Summerscape and can be heard as Bois-Rosé and Premiere Moine on the cast recording of Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots.

Patrick returned to Maryland to continue his operatic training as a member of the Maryland Opera Studio at the University of Maryland College Park. As a doctoral student of tenor Gran Wilson, Patrick began to perform extensively throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Patrick appeared as the tenor soloist in concerts with the U.S. Naval Academy Glee Club, University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra, The Washington Chorus, and The Metropolitan Philharmonic. Patrick was a district winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2010 and 2011. He was later selected to sing The National Anthem for President Obama’s Town Hall meeting at the University of Maryland in 2011. Patrick graduated with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from University of Maryland, College Park.

Patrick recently debuted with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Marin Alsop in a semi-staged production of Bernstein's Candide where he portrayed the Governor, Vanderdendur and other characters. Patrick returned to Annapolis Opera as a principal singer appearing in productions of Tosca and Aida. Patrick has performed leading roles with HUB Opera Ensemble, Singers Theatre of Washington, Opera AACC and Maryland Lyric Opera. Patrick currently sings in the chorus of Washington National Opera and Washington Concert Opera. He serves on the faculty of Northern Virginia Community College (Alexandria, VA). Patrick studies with mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Bishop.

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