Andrea Bocelli has invited Marina Costa-Jackson as a special guest artist for his Madison Square Garden concert this evening!
We have a winner! Marina Costa-Jackson is a winner in the Philadelphia District, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and will move on to the region finals in Washington DC, January 2015!
Ginger is the cat's meow in Gotham Chamber Opera's 2014 revival of Montsalvatge's El gato con botas (Puss in Boots). The company staged the U.S. premiere of the opera in 2011. Here's a review of the current run from the New York Classical Review:
"Voicing the titular feline, Ginger Costa-Jackson sang with a hard-edged, amber tone. She was a model of consistency, her voice solid from top to bottom, her phrasing sensitive and intelligent" (E. Simpson, New York Classical Review).
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Gotham Chamber Opera — Photos by Richard Termine
“Incomparable…” Voce di Meche (Meche Kope’s blog) describes Ginger Costa-Jackson, "Her expressive voice conveyed all the wily manipulations of Puss although the puppet was doing the cavorting.” (Full article “A Very Cool Cat,” Dec. 7, 2014 here.)
"Puss Perfect” Parterre Box
Spanish language advert for the production: "El gato con botas llega a El Teatro del Museo del Barrio” (Vice Versa, Diciembre 4, 2014)
"Doing more than justice to this irresistible tune was Ginger Costa-Jackson, her mezzo as mellow as fine Rioja wine" (J. Jordan, New York Observer, Dec. 10, 2014).
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We've recently found this 2013 recording of Marina as Ameilia, and Dominick Chenes as Riccardo in Un ballo in maschera. Enjoy!
New York Athletic Club, New York • The Giulio Gari Foundation recently honored Marilyn Horne and winners of the 2014 International Vocal Competition, in which Marina won first prize.
THE BROOKLYN DAILY EAGLE ran the story today. Writer Nino Pantano included this about Marina:
"Marina Costa-Jackson sang “Stridono Lassu” from Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. Her voluptuous soprano gave us trills and thrills galore with some lovely portamentos. Costa-Jackson truly became Nedda, bored circus housewife who wants to be as free as the birds. Her upper register soared easily and she imparted a special blessing on us all with her lusty interpretation of this riveting aria."
Taormina, Sicily • Humbled to announce that I am bringing home 2nd prize from the Marcello Giordani Foundation International Vocal Competition and a contract with Bucharest National Opera. Here are some pictures of the event and this beautiful city. Singing in an ancient Greek amphitheater was especially memorable. The competition began with 130 singers from five continents, who had been selected from hundreds of video submissions. (See Globus Magazine.) This evening, 13 finalists remained for the concluding round/concert. Unforgettable!
Hello friends! This is Marina. I would like to share with you my new recording. This aria is from Puccini's La Bohème, one of my favorite operas. I highly recommend La Bohème if you are a first time opera goer. Thanks always for all the love and support!