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.
[2016-17] 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. See more upcoming events.
Marina Costa-Jackson as Adalgisa • April—May 2017
"Marina Costa-Jackson, as the junior priestess Adalgisa, is, if anything, even more powerful vocally, with a brilliant, but never cutting, edge on her soprano; she can also buff off the gleam for a warm satin finish."
"Marina Costa-Jackson proved to be a glorious-voiced Adalgisa. She was hauntingly beautiful in the passages that begin Mira, a Norma, the most famous of Adalgisa’s great duets with Norma.
"Costa-Jackson perfectly matched Elza van den Heever’s vocal fireworks in their duet’s treacherous cabaletta Si, fino allore, allure estreme."
"Soprano Marina Costa-Jackson portrayed the vulnerable Adalgisa, a novice Druid priestess who is the third corner of the unhappy love triangle around which the drama revolves. The lightness and delicacy of Jackson’s singing, with its floating and spinning high note, was a perfect balance to van den Heever. Each made the other's performance shine and their stunning duet was a high point of the evening."
LA BOHEME (MUSETTA)
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."
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“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.”
L'AMORE DEI TRE REI
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."
MONCA "MET AUDITIONS"
"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
ANDREA BOCELLI CONCERT
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."