I used to spend a lot of time at The Metropolitan Opera, but have lived in Los Angeles for the past 25 years so no longer hear opera in New York very often. I am therefore doubly grateful to Peter Gelb for creating “The Met: Live in HD” which broadcasts in movie theaters around the world. Even though mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke has been recognized as a young superstar in concert and opera for many years now, it was as Kitty Oppenheimer in The Met’s 2008 production of John Adams’Doctor Atomic that I first heard her. Half way through her first act aria “Am I In Your Light?” I knew I wanted to work with her. Despite her ferociously busy schedule Sasha responded immediately with a “Yes!” to my suggestion we make her debut album. Since then we had the great pleasure to hear Sasha in Southern California in her debut performances with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Sasha won her first GRAMMY. Award for Sony’s DVD release of Doctor Atomic from The Met.