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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.

Trailer

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>
 
 
March 2015 — How did our Italian-American Costa-Jacksons come to celebrate freedom in Russia? It began with an invitation from internationally renowned conductor Constantine Orbelian, and the world’s leading baritone, Dmitri Hvorostovsky. They were planning concerts in Moscow, Minsk, and Volgograd. Enter the sisters Costa-Jackson, who are three in number.
By birth order the Costa-Jacksons are Ginger, Marina, and Miriam, all now in their mid-twenties. The trio of sisters are...

 
 
Minsk, March 5 • Marina and Miriam Costa-Jackson sang in the Minsk debut of Hvorostovsky and Friends. Here's YouTube TV coverage of the event.
 
 
Dmitri Hvorostovsky's Press Conference yesterday. He announced the three day "Hvorostovsky and Friends" Festival which will take place for the first time in Minsk (3-5 March 2015). Marina and Miriam Costa-Jackson  were slated to participate in the press conference, but were unavoidably delayed entering Belarus. (Hvorostovsky names them at 24 sconds into the video.) On March 5 they will sing with the world-famous baritone, along with Oksana Volkova, and others while Constantine Orbelian conducts the The State Chamber Orchestra of the Republic of Belarus. The concert will be held at the Minsk Palace of the Republic.

 
 
Today was the first of three concerts the Costa-Jacksons (Marina and Miriam) will perform in Russia with conductor Constantine Orbelian. The “New Names for the New Century” concert took place in the Moscow State Conservatory (“Tchaikovsky Conservatory”) Grand Hall.  Our singers performed with The Orchestra of the Novaya Opera Theatre and other soloists in a gala commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Great Patriotic War.
 
 
It's time for Miriam and Marina Costa-Jackson's concert tour of Russia! This next week they'll sing in Moscow, then go to Minsk for the Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Friends Concert, and finish in Volgograd. In preparation for the trip, Miriam has learned "The Russian Nightingale" ("Solovey" by Alyabyev).

This video is an excerpt from the Wasatch Academy Conservatory Inauguration, 21 February 2015, in Mount Pleasant, Utah. Miriam's teacher, Italian conductor Nicolas Giusti is at the piano.