Bass Terry Cook has appeared with most of the major opera companies and symphony orchestras around the world. He’s known especially for his portrayal of the title role in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. He took part in New York Harlem Productions’ Porgy and Bess in Germany, Norway, Spain and Italy, with the Houston Grand Opera at Opera Bastille and at La Scala, as well as at the Bregenzer Festspiele and in a new production at the Treatro Real in Madrid.
Mr. Cook has sung in over twenty productions at the Metropolitan Opera, most recently in La Gioconda, La Fanciulla del West (new production), II Trovatore, Un Ballo in Maschera (telecast on PBS' "Live from the Met") and Les Troyens. Other productions included La Traviata, Billy Budd, ldomeneo, Simone Boccanegra, Samson et Dalila, Aida, Tannhäuser, La Clemenza di Tito, Giulio Cesare, Salome, Porgy and Bess, Semiramide and Parsifal.
The 2009/10 season brought his signature portrayal of Crown in Porgy and Bess to the Washington National Opera. He also sang Banquo in Macbeth at the Fresno Grand Opera and appeared with the Atlanta Symphony.
In 2008/09 he reprised the role of Crown at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and during 07/08 he sang the title role in Rise for Freedom: The John P. Parker Story (premiere) with Cincinnati Opera, as well as Crown with both National Philharmonic and Fresno Grand Opera.
In season 2006/07, Mr. Cook performed the role of Zuane in La Gioconda with the Metropolitan Opera, as Crown in Porgy and Bess with Los Angeles Opera, in a workshop of Hailstork’s We Rise for Freedom: The John P. Parker Story with Cincinnati Opera and Christmas Oratorio with Xalapa Symphony in Mexico.
In the Fall of 2005, Mr. Cook sang the role of Crown in Porgy and Bess with the Washington National Opera. In the summer of 2006, he sang Osmin in Mozart’s Zaide, a new, joint production of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York, Barbican Centre, London, and Wiener Festwochen, Vienna, directed by Peter Sellars and conducted by Louis Langrée.
Orchestral engagements have included the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Atlanta, Seattle, Detroit, Baltimore and Houston Symphonies. Mr. Cook has performed under such esteemed conductors as James Levine, Charles Dutoit, Seiji Ozawa, Erich Leinsdorf, Robert Shaw, Sir Simon Rattle, Pinchas Zukerman, Trevor Pinnock, Sir Colin Davis, Christopher Hogwood, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Gerard Schwarz.
Terry Cook's recordings include
Beethoven's Choral Fantasy with the Cleveland Orchestra under
Vladimir Ashkenazy on London Records and Aida with James Levine
for Sony Classical.
Agent biography, September, 2011
This interview was recorded in a dressing room
backstage at the Civic Opera House in Chicago on November 24,
1982. It was transcribed
and published in The Opera Journal
in December, 1985. It was slightly re-edited and posted on this
website in 2012.
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