Ginger Costa-Jackson is the 15-year-old Rosina, from Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville). She is under the care of her old and obsessed guardian (Don Bartolo) who has plans to marry her himself. But, one serenade from a handsome suitor ("Lindoro"), and Rosina is ready to escape her cage, and marry the man of her dreams. (It will take a Figaro to figure the way out.) 

"Una voce poco fa" is Rosina's first aria. She begins by saying how sweet and docile she is, BUT! (MA!) if anyone gets in her way, she will be a viper—astute and powerful. Listen for her laughter as she plots to spring 100 traps, and get what she wants—Lindoro. 

This is a live performance from Clove Lakes Park on Staten Island from yesterday evening (30 June 2015). The rain broke just in time for this Met in the Park / SummerStage concert. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to see other performances from Ginger Costa-Jackson, and this series.


 

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Can't get to the Met in the Park concerts? Missed the Costa-Jacksons in Russia? We're adding a video tab here, and videos to our YouTube channel. Take a look!
 
 
The Met in the Parks concert series began 48 years ago. If you missed Ginger Costa-Jackson in the 24 June concert, you can still hear her perform alongside John Moore, Kiri Deonarine, and Dan Saunders this week.

Friday, June 26, 2015, 7 pm
Jackie Robinson Park, Manhattan

Sunday, June 28, 2015, 7 pm
Crotona Park, Bronx

Tuesday, June 30, 2015, 7 pm
Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island

Socrates Statue Park, Queens (24 June 2015)

 
 
Ginger, Marina, and Miriam are home now, still reveling in the memories of singing together in Russia. We're in the process of collecting clips from the numerous interviews the Costa-Jacksons gave during the various concerts. The sang for the XXIII International Festival "Palaces of St. Petersburg." This first television interview is from 100TV. You may appreciate the closing Primary song ("I Often Go Walking") the Costa-Jacksons have been singing since childhood. View the interview HERE. A rough translation (with some help from Google) follows.
100TV News Spot
Young stars of the Metropolitan Opera, the Costa-Jackson Sisters and John Moore, had the honor of opening the 23rd International Festival "Palaces of St. Petersburg.” The Americans arrived in our city, met with the crew "100TV” talked, and sang a little.

They rehearse wherever they can, although large voices in so small a space are overpowering. Youth, in this case, could almost be disabling. They will perform in the St. George Hall of the Mikhailovsky Castle, and try in the meanwhile to prepare as quietly as possible with the piano.

Maria Safariants, artistic director of the festival:
"With their high professionalism and capabilities, I was impressed with how they’ve become soldiers in the cause. It shows in their performance and acting."

John Moore, opera star:

“Right now, I’m very pleased. Good things are coming up in my career, but I never take things for granted. Every day you need to try your best, and only then do the rewards come."

Sisters Miriam, Marina, and Ginger Costa-Jackson are of Italian-American descent. The family home was always filled with opera music. The parents

supported their daughters' endeavors. Thanks go to the youngest child, Miriam, who caught the opera bug first, and subsequently infected the two older sisters.


Marina Costa Jackson, opera star:
"When Miriam started to sing, she tried to copy Pavarotti. We wanted to become opera stars from childhood."

Another thing that attracted the girls to opera was the play acting—acting like someone else. It became their dream to sing together on stage as the Costa-Jackson Sisters.

Ginger Costa-Jackson, opera star:
"When I sing Carmen - she does whatever she wants - that's not me. That's what I like - to portray someone else."

Marina Costa Jackson, opera star:
"Our dream is to travel the world, singing the music of our favorite composers. And one day, I hope the three of us sing together in an opera. There are a lot of operas, where all of us have a part. "

The festival "Palaces of St. Petersburg" is usually set in the courts of St. Petersburg; however, it did not bother the women to sing a song about flowers, dedicated to their beloved mother, right in the open square.
 
 
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Marina, Miriam, Ginger Costa-Jackson
The Costa-Jackson Sisters (Marina, Miriam, Ginger) make their debut singing together professionally on 3 June 2015 in the Mikhailovsky Castle in St. Petersburg. They join baritone John Moore and the Orchestra “Tauride” under the baton of Mikhail Golikov in celebration of the 175th Anniversary of Tchaikovsky’s Birth. The concert is an installment of the XXIII International Music Festival “Palaces of St. Petersburg,” and has the sponsorship of the U.S.State Department. Two other concerts will follow on 5 June (World Environment Day at the “The Universe of Water” in the same city), and 7 June in the Novgorod Kremlin.

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Mikhailovsky Castle, St. Petersburg
The Costa-Jackson Sisters are a rarity: three world-renowned opera singers from the same family. They perform internationally with the world's great opera houses and concert venues. Ginger is a veteran of the Metropolitan Opera. Marina is a resident artist with the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, and recent winner of several major competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Miriam began the family quest in opera as an eleven-year-old, and trained with the famed Renata Scotto at Santa Ceclia in Rome. Most recently the sisters performed together with Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Friends in Minsk, along with concerts in Moscow and Volgograd.
 
 
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Lola (Ginger Costa-Jackson) being led off whilst her husband and lover begin a fight to the death. From the Metropolitan Opera's new Cavalleria Rusticana. Photo: Cory Weaver/ Metropolitan Opera
Ginger Costa-Jackson is Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana at the Metropolitan Opera. You won't want to miss "her crisp, dusky soprano and sultry charisma capturing the very essence of Lola" (The New York Classical Review). The BBC Radio 3 (click here) and other sites carry the Saturday, Live from the Met audio recordings for about a month after their airing. Also, if you wanted to participate in the Live in HD broadcast to your local theater, there will be a US Encore showing this week, 29 April 2015, and Canadian Encores June 6 and 8. More here.
 
 
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Tonight the Opera World welcomes the new Sir David McVicar's production of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci at the Met. This also makes Ginger Costa-Jackson's 70th performance with the company! She plays the role of Lola. If you can't join us this evening, then plan on seeing the MET LIVE IN HD Production 25 April 2015 broadcast to a theater near you. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO AND TICKETS.

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Check out the new trailer for CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA/PAGLIACCI--on stage now through May 8! This "striking new production" (HuffPost), directed by Sir David McVicar, "provides a splendid, subtly contemporary view of the two verismo chestnuts" (WSJ). Marcelo Álvarez stars in the dual tenor roles alongside Eva-Maria Westbroek (Cav) and Patricia Racette (Pag). Fabio Luisi conducts. http://bit.ly/1FYAdvq

Posted by The Metropolitan Opera on Thursday, April 16, 2015

Press • Review

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Lola (Ginger Costa-Jackson) and Turiddu (Marcelo Álvarez) drink to each other in “Cavalleria Rusticana.” Credit Sara Krulwich/The New York Times
"The mezzo-soprano Ginger Costa-Jackson, as Lola, sings with sultry sweetness and goes about town like a would-be film star, willfully ignoring the danger of rousing her jealous husband" (Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times).
"Ginger Costa-Jackson shines among the singers in Cavalleria, her crisp, dusky soprano and sultry charisma capturing the very essence of Lola" (Eric C. Simpson, New York Classical Review).
"Ginger Costa Jackson, a ravishingly beautiful singer, gave a gorgeous and provocative performance” (Opera Teen, Huffington Post).
"Lola, the Bad Girl, was sung by Ginger Costa-Jackson, an American mezzo (who has kind of a bad-girl name, doesn’t she?). She was excellent, a coquettish spitfire, if you can imagine" (Jay Nordlinger, The New Criterion).
 
 
Alto means “high” in musical terms—in Italian. And yet, there is “higher.” Soprano comes from the Italian for “above” or “higher.” While voice type doesn’t determine success, a singer’s attitude, or how she chooses to respond to situations does.

The day following her win at the Metropolitan Opera, Marina had a previously scheduled competition at the Liederkranz Foundation building, conveniently less than two miles from the Met. The mental leap from winning to start-over was more arduous of a journey. She sang in the preliminary round of the Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition. ...
Mrs. Lissner, a Metropolitan Opera subscriber for 77 years, created her Foundation to help young opera singers with the support they need to purse their craft and excel in the world of Opera. This year’s competition awarded a total of $200,000 in prizes ranging from $1,000 to $15,000, based upon placement in the competition.

Marina won the top prize!


After a late performance Friday night (she sang a duet with James Valenti in the 80th Anniversary BrAVA Philadelphia Concert), She made a Philadelphia to New York City trip for the Gerda Lissner final round on Saturday, March 28. Two days later the results were announced.

Marina’s reaction to this second major win in a week is, "I feel so overwhelmed by winning. But I'm also recharged to get back in and work hard to merit all the love and support that've been shown me. I always feel I want to do better."

The Gerda Lissner Winners Concert will take place at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.

 
 
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Marina Costa-Jackson on stage at the Met. Photo credit: Fay Fox.
Master of Ceremonies, Angela Meade announced Marina Costa-Jackson and 4 other winners of the 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions today--the culmination of a six-month process in a field of 1,500 contestants! WQXR will broadcast the event on May 16, 2015. Read all about it in these publications:
 
 
Marina Costa-Jackson is one of 17 young artists advancing in the "American Idol" of the opera world—the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. The semi-final round is today, 15 March 2015. Those who advance to the finals will compete before a live audience from the stage of the Met next Sunday, 22 March 2015! Follow the links below for the Huffington Post, the Metropolitan Opera, and La Scena Musicale coverage. 
...The auditions consist of four rounds, starting with district and regional. From 1,500 competitors, the singers are whittled down to around 20 semifinalists (the number changes depending on that year’s talent). Like "American Idol's" “you’re going to Hollywood!” National Council singers are hoping to hear that they’ll be going to New York for the semifinals.

The semifinals are held at the Met, in a concert closed to the public. On Mar. 15 of this year, 17 semifinalists will be competing. From there, seven judges narrow the competition down by about half.... <READ MORE>
...The semi-finalists arrive at the Met this week to rehearse with the company’s music staff in preparation for the closed semi-final competition on Sunday, March 15. The finalists will have a week of preparation with Met musical and dramatic coaches to prepare for the Grand Finals Concert on Sunday, March 22 at 3 p.m. Tickets for the Grand Finals Concert... <READ MORE>