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Best Singer Award

The 26th Austin Critics Table has awarded Marina Costa-Jackson their 2017-2018 Classical Music Best Singer Award for her performance of Violetta Valéry (La Traviata) with Austin Opera.

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La Traviata

Austin Opera

Violetta
Apr. 28, May 3, 6 / 2018

Broadway World Review by Lynn Beaver

May 2, 2018 • "Costa-Jackson's Violetta is not only ethereal in her exquisite vocals, she has true mastery of the role, holding us in the palm of her hand." [Full article]

Austin Arts Watch Article by Ryan E. Johnson

May 5, 2018 • "When played well, Verdi’s music feels like falling in love. Something about the grand, rich strings and softly flowing phrasing sets the heart aflutter, and when its coming out the mouths of singers like Marina Costa-Jackson and Michael Chioldi, it becomes something of a transcendent experience.… 
"That Costa-Jackson is able to sell every moment, from the vibrant opening stanzas to her final, heartbreaking moments, is a powerful testament to her abilities as an actress." [Full article]
Marina Costa-Jackson Awards

Dallas Opera honored Marina Costa-Jackson with its 2017 "Maria Callas Debut Artist of the Year” award for her portrayal of Adalgisa (Norma). Last season saw her debut in Europe singing Mimì (La Bohème) with Oper Köln and with Welsh National Opera. She toured with WNO throughout Wales and to Dubai. Debuting also with Opéra National de Paris she was Micaëla in the Calixto Bieito production of Carmen

Marina began the 2017-2018 season with an Operalia Winners Concert in Győr, Hungary, and as Violetta (La Traviata) with Oper Köln. Then came her first opportunities to sing in operas with her older sister, Ginger. In a role reversal: she was the older sister, Fiordiligi, to Ginger's Dorabella (Così Fan Tutte) with Seattle Opera, and again the following month with Marina in the title role of Maria di Rohan; Ginger as her nemesis, Armando di Gondì. The rare opera was a production of Washington Concert Opera in D.C. March marked Marina's debut with her "home town" Utah Opera as Nedda and Lauretta in a winsome pairing of Pagliacci and Gianni Schicchi. Her latest triumph has been as Violetta (La Traviata) with Austin Opera.

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Pagliacci /
Gianni Schicchi

Utah Opera 

Maria di Rohan

Washington Concert Opera • Photos by Don Lassell

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The Washington Post article by Joe Banno
Marina’s voice was...attention-grabbing, ranging from a smoky chest register, through a gutsy, mezzo-ish middle voice, to a gleaming top with rock-solid high notes, clean coloratura, an ability to float beautiful pianissimo phrases and a heck of a trill. It was an exciting voice to experience and, in the romantically conflicted title role, she was able to infuse the empty melodramatics of the libretto with arresting emotion.

Washington Classical Review
Marina Costa-Jackson, a young soprano who wielded her powerful voice like a photon cannon...Her dramatic sound had heart-stopping potency, including soaring up to gleaming high notes. 

Seattle Opera's Così Fan Tutte

debut with sister, Ginger Costa-Jackson
(real-life sisters as Fiordiligi and Dorabella)

Marina as Fiordiligi 

(Così Fan Tutte, Seattle Opera)

  • The Seattle Times • "One reason Saturday’s opening-night cast was such a success was the “sister act” of two real-life sisters — Marina Costa-Jackson as Fiordiligi and Ginger Costa-Jackson as Dorabella. Stage business has seldom seemed so real: watching the lovely Costa-Jackson sisters pose, primp, tussle and tease was just fun. Both have rich, beautifully produced voices of considerable agility (Marina’s “Come scoglio” was a showstopping standout), and they are just right for these roles." — Melinda Bargreen (1/15/2018)
  • Queen Anne & Magnolia News • "Amusing and affecting as the embattled Fiordiligi rigorously defending her honor, soprano Marina Costa-Jackson displayed a thrilling vocalism that blazed through the prodigious leaps in her arias, generating the longest applause for an individual singer. Ginger Costa-Jackson was a wonder as Dorabella, Fiordiligi’s flirtatious sister, with a dark-hued, vibrant mezzo." — Maggie Larrick (1/15/2018)

Currently you will find pieces about Marina Costa-Jackson in Dallas Opera's Norma, an interview by Placido Domingo, and an Opera News Sound Bites article. 

COMING UP NEXT


Marina's role debut as Desdemona (Otello) will come with Savonlinna Opera Festival and the Bolshoi in Moscow, followed by her Desdomona with Austin Opera. She then sings Vreli (A Village Romeo and Juliet), Concertgebouw in Amsterdam; and Elisabetta (Don Carlo), Grange Park Opera. More European contracts are soon to be announced.

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Otello

Savonlinna Opera Festival

Desdemona
Jul. 14, 23 / 2018

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Otello

Austin Opera

Desdemona
Nov. 10, 15, 18 / 2018

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A Village Romeo
and Juliet

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

Vreli
Dec. 15, 2018

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Don Carlo

Grange Park Opera

Élisabeth de Valois
2019

Roles

Click column title to arrange alpha-numerically by role, opera/work, company, or year.

ROLEOpera/WorkCompanyYear
AdalgisaNormaDallas Opera2017
AmeliaUn Ballo in MascheraAcademy of Vocal Arts2013
Amelia (cover)Simon BoccanegraMetropolitan Opera2015
DesdemonaOtelloSavonlinna Opera Festival2018
DesdemonaOtelloAustin Opera2019
Élisabeth de ValoisDon CarloGrange Park Opera2019
DulcinéeDon Quichotte Academy of Vocal Arts2013
FioraL’Amore dei Tre Re Academy of Vocal Arts 2015
Fiordiligi Così Fan Tutte Seattle Opera 2018
IolantaIolanta Russian Opera Workshop 2015
Lauretta Gianni Schicchi Utah Opera 2018
Leonora Il Trovatore Musica Viva, Hong Kong 2015
Liza Pique Dame Academy of Vocal Arts 2014
MargueriteFaustAcademy of Vocal Arts2015
MariaMaria di RohanWashington Concert Opera 2018
MicaëlaCarmenOpéra de Paris 2017
Mimì (cover)La BohèmeMetropolitan Opera2016
MimìLa BohèmeOper Köln2016
MimìLa BohèmeWelsh National Opera2017
MimìLa BohèmeAcademy of Vocal Arts2015
MusettaLa BohèmeMichigan Opera Theatre2015
NeddaPagliacciUtah Opera2018
SopranoVerdi RequiemTeatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile 2016
Violetta Valéry La TraviataOper Köln2017
Violetta Valéry La TraviataAustin Opera2018
Violetta Valéry La TraviataLyric Opera Ensemble2011
Vreli, daughter of Marti A Villiage Romeo and Juliet The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam 2018
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The Costa-Jacksons

Opera's Three Singing Sisters

Marina is the second of three daughters born to Emilia Costa and Walt Jackson. Marina's siblings are Ginger and Miriam, who are accomplished singers in their own right. The three sisters especially love to perform together.

Photo credit: Amy Thackeray.

The Costa-Jackson Sisters

Marina Costa-Jackson is an Italian-American raised in Palermo, Italy and in Sandy, Utah—where she now resides with her husband. She is a graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia.

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