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Marina Costa-JacksonDesdemona

"Brilliantly successful"

Samuli Tiikkaja, Helsingin Sanomat

"The lustrous tones of Marina Costa-Jackson's soprano, who sang Othello's wife, Desdemona, formed a perfect counterpart for Antonenko's tenor, and thus Desdemona became the opposite of Othello in every virtue."


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Marina Costa-Jackson • Awards

A top prize winner with the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Ms. Costa-Jackson won the Gerda Lissner Foundation and the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation competitions that same year. She garnered the first place Zarzuela and second place awards with Plácido Domingo’s Operalia. Further awards include those from Opera Index, the Marcello Giordani Foundation, the George London Foundation, the Mario Lanza Institute, the Sergio Franchi Music Foundation, and Annapolis Opera.

Dallas Opera honored Marina Costa-Jackson with its 2017 "Maria Callas Debut Artist of the Year” award for her portrayal of Adalgisa (Norma). The Austin Critics Table award for "Best Singer of the Year" went to Marina Costa-Jackson (Violetta, La Traviata). 


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.

Marina Costa-Jackson Awards

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 by 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 triumphs are as Violetta (La Traviata) with Austin Opera and in a role debut as Desdemona (Otello) with Savonlinna Opera Festival. 


Marina next appears as Desdomona with Austin Opera and repeats the role at the Bolshoi in Moscow as Savonlinna Opera Festival travels to Russia. She then sings Vreli (A Village Romeo and Juliet), at Concertgebouw in Amsterdam; and Elisabetta (Don Carlo), at Grange Park Opera. More European contracts are soon to be announced.




Savonlinna Opera Festival

Jul. 14, 23 • Sep. 14, 15 (Bolshoi, Moscow) / 2018



Austin Opera

Nov. 10, 15, 18 / 2018


A Village Romeo
and Juliet

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

Dec. 15, 2018



Don Carlo

Grange Park Opera

Élisabeth de Valois

Find videos and reviews about Marina Costa-Jackson in La Traviata, Pagliacci/Gianni Schicchi, Maria di Rohan, Così Fan TutteNorma, an interview by Placido Domingo, and an Opera News Sound Bites article. 


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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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A sampling of arias, songs, interviews and opera trailers featuring
Marina Costa-Jackson

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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