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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!
да (da), yes, that's "Costa-Jackson" in Cyrillic [Коста-Джексон], and да, those are Marina and Ginger Costa-Jackson on a June 13, 2014 Russian television broadcast. See the full program by clicking the YouTube link below. Watch the four minutes of coverage beginning at minute 14:00 to hear Ginger's Carmen, the Barcarolle from Les contes d'Hoffmann with both sisters, and Marina singing "Vissi d'arte" (Puccini's Tosca) and Lisa's Aria (Tchaikovsky's Pique Dame). There's an extra treat at about 22 minutes. Constantine Orbelian conducts the Volgograd Theater Orchestra.
After 3 rounds of competing, Marina made it to the finals concert of the Belvedere Singing Competition. She says, "I am shocked. Never have I heard better singing. All I can do is thank the Lord for this amazing opportunity. Just making it to the finals concert is worth the trip. Special thanks to my mamma and papa Emilia Costa-Jackson and Walt Jackson. None of this would have been possible with out them. Thanks also to my loving husband Biondo Davide who supports me selflessly."
Marina will perform "Qual fiamma...Stridono lassù" from Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci for the finals concert.
Family and friends would like to encourage Marina Costa-Jackson: #goforthewin #singyourheartout #wearewithyou #operarules
L'Italo-Americano is a bilingual, weekly newspaper serving the Italian-American community throughout the United States. The publication, established in 1908, is the oldest Italian-American newspaper in the United States. Today's article speaks about Marina and Ginger's Russian tour, and shares insights into this performing family's roots. Bravo! Read the full article here: http://italoamericano.com/story/2014-6-6/Sisters.