American baritone Troy Cook recently debuted both the Hamburgische Staatsoper as Marcello in La bohème, where he also performed his first Ford in Falstaff in the spring of 2010, and the Royal Opera, Covent Garden as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte.
The summer of 2012 found Troy Cook with Central City Opera, as Marcello in La bohème. During the 2012-2013 season, he appears as Marcello in La bohème and Father Palmer in Silent Night with Opera Philadelphia, in Handel's Messiah with the Boise Philharmonic, and Lord Cecil in Maria Stuarda with Washington Concert Opera. He concludes the season with a debut as Silvio in Pagliacci with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and in a return to Central City Opera as Gaylord Ravenal in Show Boat. Future seasons include appearances with San Diego Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, and Kentucky Opera.
Troy Cook's 2011-2012 season included appearances with Minnesota Opera, as Father Palmer in the world premiere of Silent Night; the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, as Marcello in La bohème; Opera Philadelphia, as Lescaut in Manon Lescaut; and the Winston-Salem Symphony, for performances of Carmina Burana. Additionally, he joined Opera Rara for a recording of Donizetti's Caterina Cornaro.
In the 2010-2011 season, Mr. Cook returned to Lyric Opera of Kansas City as the Count in Le nozze di Figaro, sang his first Escamillo in Carmen at Green Mountain Opera Festival, and appeared on the concert stage in performances of the Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Pacific Symphony and the Arizona Musicfest, the St. John Passion with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, and Handel’s Messiah with the Winston-Salem Symphony.
He returned to Opera Philadelphia as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly to open the 2009-10 season, appeared in Bilbao for Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tirésias and was recently seen in Santander and Bilbao for Il viaggio a Rheims. He also performed concerts with the Portland Symphony and the Arizona Musicfest and was Albert in Kentucky Opera’s Werther. 2009-2010 also included Marcello in Florida Grand Opera’s new production of La bohème and just prior he was Enrico in Las Palmas’ Lucia di Lammermoor.
Troy Cook opened 2007-08 as Zurga with Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Just prior, he sang in a gala concert with Opera Pacific, as Marcello in La bohème with Berkshire Opera and performed Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia for Opera Omaha. 2007 began with his German debut with the Semperoper Dresden as Marcello, and he also performed Marcello in his Opera Philadelphia debut to open their season. In addition, he returned to the American Ballet Theater in New York and Washington D.C. for the Kindertotenlieder. In 2006 he was Sharpless for Berkshire Opera and debuted with La Monnaie, Brussels in a gala concert of Pagliacci. In spring 2006, he performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a world-premiere conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen; bowed as Enrico in Kansas City’s Lucia di Lammermoor; appeared as a soloist in Carmina burana with the San Antonio Symphony, and performed Zurga with Opera Carolina. He also sang in a Richard Tucker Foundation concert in New York City. In 2004/05 he returned to San Francisco Opera as Mr. Flint in Billy Budd. Reviews of his Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia the previous season at San Francisco Opera included: “Baritone Troy Cook is spectacular in the role of Figaro. He’s insolent, charming, self-amused, a rogue…His patter and roulades are precise and ring out fearlessly.”
Other recent appearances include Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia at Fort Worth Opera, Guglielmo with Santa Fe Opera and Toledo Opera, solo recitals under the auspices of the Marilyn Horne Foundation and Carmina burana with the American Ballet Theater at Lincoln Center. Mr. Cook also appeared with the Metropolitan Opera in L’enfant et les sortileges and in a new production of Sly in 2001. In the fall of 2000 he made his European debut as Giacomo in Beatrix Cenci with the Grand Théâtre de Genève followed by Schaunard in La bohème and Morales in Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera. Other engagements included productions of Barbiere with Florida Grand Opera and Minnesota Opera.
Troy Cook made his New York City Opera debut in the 1999/2000 season with roles in the trilogy, Central Park, which he also sang with Glimmerglass Opera. Those performances were taped and later telecast on the PBS series Great Performances. He was a member of the Apprentice Artist Program of the Santa Fe Opera, the Florida Grand Opera Studio and holds a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music. He has studied voice with Bill Schuman.
Headshot by Arielle Doneson.