Patrick Cook began the 2018-19 season with his Washington National Opera debut as the Kronprinz in Puts’ Silent Night followed by his European debut at Theater Aachen as François in Bernstein’s A Quiet Place. In July he made his role debut as Steuerman, and covered the role of Erik in Der fliegende Höllander at the Miami Music Festival Wagner Institute. For his recent performance in Ariadne auf Naxos the South Florida Classical Review stated that “tenor Patrick Cook as Bacchus...sang with strapping virility and golden, clarion tones, helping to make the last part of the opera the climactic, transformative episode it should be.” Additionally, he covered Siegmund in Die Walküre, and the title role in Lohengrin as a member of the Miami Music Festival Wagner Institute.
Other recent performances for the tenor include 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, 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 in Washington, DC.
Past performances include the Governor and Vanderdendur in Candide with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra with Marin Alsop conducting, David in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg 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, DC Public Opera as Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw, New Dominion Chorale for Eisenstein in a concert featuring excerpts of Die Fledermaus, 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 Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with Inscape Chamber Orchestra, 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 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. He continues to train at the Potomac Vocal Institute in Washington, DC where he studies with mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Bishop.