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]
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.
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…”
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.”
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,..