Marina Costa-Jackson Archives

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Marina Costa-Jackson's  previous concerts include Verdi’s Requiem with the Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile; concerts with Andrea Bocelli, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, and as one of the trio of Costa-Jackson Sisters performing in Russia and the United States. Her previous roles were Violetta (La Traviata) with Austin Opera, Nedda/Lauretta (Pagliacci/Gianni Schicchi) with Utah Opera, the title role in Maria di Rohan with Washington Concert Opera, Fiordiligi (Così Fan Tutte) Seattle Opera, Leonora (Il Trovatore) with Musica Viva Hong Kong; Musetta (La Bohème) with Michigan Opera Theatre; Fiora (L’Amore dei Tre Re), Marguerite (Faust), Liza (Pique Dame), Mimì (La Bohème), and Amelia (Un Ballo in Maschera) with the Academy of Vocal Arts; and the cover of Amelia (Simon Boccanegra) and Mimì (La Bohème) with the Metropolitan Opera.

Videos and Reviews from the 2017-18 Season are appended below.

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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]
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Pagliacci /
Gianni Schicchi

Utah Opera 

Nedda / Lauretta

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)

  • 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)
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Adalgisa (Norma)

by Christian Anderson

Keith Cerny, The Kern Wildenthal General Director and CEO [stated], “Marina Costa-Jackson added an extra element of surprise to these performances with her extraordinarily nuanced acting and thrilling vocalism.

“Dramatically, she proved to be a breathtaking ‘mirror image’ of the anguished and more world-weary high priestess, and Adalgisa’s emotional struggle to balance love and loyalty had wrenching impact in Miss Costa-Jackson’s expressive and sympathetic portrayal.
“I’m not at all surprised,” Cerny added, “that our subscribers were moved to select her…”

Operalia Winners Concert — Győr

by AnnaMária Verasztó, Origo (Hungary)

Q. The invited guest star at the concert will be Marina Costa-Jackson, one of the winners of 2016 Operalia . How did she rise to the top that year?

A. Placido Domingo: “As I said, there is a need for proper voice, music, communication skills, stage presence, and if anyone, Marina Costa-Jackson really possesses these things.”

Opera News

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MARINA COSTA-JACKSON blames her late start as a singer on the fact that she’s a middle child, which in her view means difficult and hard to predict—a little like Edith Crawley on Downton Abbey. She is bookended by two sisters, Ginger and Miriam, also opera singers, but it’s a path that Marina initially resisted. “I thought, no, that’s not happening,..

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