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Marina Costa-Jackson is an Italian-American soprano with "an authentic Italianate sound and temperament to burn" (Opera News). After winning first place in the 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition she was praised by The New York Times for giving "a dramatically and musically alluring rendition notable for her burnished timbre and subtle phrasing." In 2016 Ms. Costa-Jackson took home 2nd place in Placido Domingo's Operalia as well as the Pepita Embil prize of Zarzuela. Last season held important debuts worldwide including Musetta in La Bohème, Leonora in Il Trovatore and Fiora in L'amore Dei Tre Re as well as singing her first Verdi Requiem. This season she will take the stage for Oper Köln and Welsh National Opera as Mimì in La Bohème; Opéra National De Paris as Micaëla in Carmen; and Dallas Opera as Adalgisa in Norma.

WNO's La bohème

with Marina Costa-Jackson as Mimì • Final shows April 5 & 7, 2017 

La bohème — Welsh National Opera

Photos by Robert Workman


"American soprano Marina Costa-Jackson as Mimi was...the real find here. She’s clearly a
powerhouse, her voice beautifully modulated to reflect Mimi’s tubercular character, suspension of disbelief in such
circumstances notwithstanding."

"Marina Costa-Jackson's Mimì was sung with a wonderfully full, rich tone despite remaining convincingly ill in demeanour. By the end of Act IV, she was almost translucent in her consumption but demanded one’s attention at the centre of the drama."

"Everything else glowed, with a particularly ardent and impulsive central pairing of Dominick Chenes as Rodolfo and Marina Costa-Jackson as Mimi."

Opera News

Features Marina Costa-Jackson in its "Sound Bites" with photos by Dario Acosta.

Marina Costa-Jackson in Opera News


Michigan Opera Theatre

"Marina Costa-Jackson is a scene stealer, which is by no means a criticism. Her role as the tarty vamp who uses her sex appeal to get what she wants is written to light up the stage, and the lovely Ms. Costa-Jackson does exactly that, while also changing gears at the appropriate time to worry over Mimi."


Teatro Municipal de Santiago

"Marina Costa-Jackson, una soprano estadounidense que a lo largo de toda la obra envío senaleds preparando a la audiencia para un 'Libera me' final de categoría superior, donde mostró un registro inferior impresionante."

- Translation -

“American soprano Marina Costa-Jackson primed the audience throughout the work for a final 'Libera me' of superior quality, where she displayed an impressive lower register.” 


Academy of Vocal Arts

"Marina Costa-Jackson was the production's star, with a voice so full-bodied you wondered whether she was a mezzo-soprano - until those high notes rang out, maybe not effortlessly but always compellingly. She seemed keenly aware of the phrasing appropriate to a piece of this era and used her vocal heft with good dramatic effect."


"Ms. Costa-Jackson sounds like a seasoned veteran. But her dramatic features and camera-ready makeup weren’t something you would want to close your eyes on. Singing an aria from Tchaikovsky’s 'The Queen of Spades,' she delivered the first home run of the day, for which there were bravos from all around the theater."

"Soprano Marina Costa-Jackson...offered 'Uzh polnoch blizitsa' ('Midnight will soon strike') from Tchaikovsky’s 'The Queen of Spades,' a dramatically and musically alluring rendition notable for her burnished timbre and subtle phrasing


The Sands, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

“[Marina Costa-Jackson’s] performance also was engaging. On her opening solo song, Andre Reiu’s 'Meine Lippen Sie Kussen so Heiss,' she was expressive and flirty 

"...[Bocelli] closed with his signature song, 'Time to Say Goodbye,' also performed with Costa-Jackson. Stirring and lovely, it was the kind of song, and performance, that leaves nothing to criticize. It received a standing ovation."

Marina Costa-Jackson