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]
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.
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.
|Amelia||Un Ballo in Maschera||Academy of Vocal Arts||2013|
|Amelia (cover)||Simon Boccanegra||Metropolitan Opera||2015|
|Desdemona||Otello||Savonlinna Opera Festival||2018|
|Élisabeth de Valois||Don Carlo||Grange Park Opera||2019|
|Dulcinée||Don Quichotte||Academy of Vocal Arts||2013|
|Fiora||L’Amore dei Tre Re||Academy of Vocal Arts||2015|
|Fiordiligi||Così Fan Tutte||Seattle Opera||2018|
|Iolanta||Iolanta||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|
|Marguerite||Faust||Academy of Vocal Arts||2015|
|Maria||Maria di Rohan||Washington Concert Opera||2018|
|Micaëla||Carmen||Opéra de Paris||2017|
|Mimì (cover)||La Bohème||Metropolitan Opera||2016|
|Mimì||La Bohème||Oper Köln||2016|
|Mimì||La Bohème||Welsh National Opera||2017|
|Mimì||La Bohème||Academy of Vocal Arts||2015|
|Musetta||La Bohème||Michigan Opera Theatre||2015|
|Soprano||Verdi Requiem||Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile||2016|
|Violetta Valéry||La Traviata||Oper Köln||2017|
|Violetta Valéry||La Traviata||Austin Opera||2018|
|Violetta Valéry||La Traviata||Lyric Opera Ensemble||2011|
|Vreli, daughter of Marti||A Villiage Romeo and Juliet||The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam||2018|
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.