Afisha (Russian: Афиша)--Russia's entertainment magazine recently announced Marina and Miriam Costa-Jackson's upcoming concert in the Palace of the Republic Minsk with Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Oksana Volkova, and the Belarusian Philharmonic Orchestra. The performers will take their concert to Moscow and Volgograd as well. It will include works by Verdi, Puccini, Gounod, Tchaikovsky, Lehar, and Mozart. Удачи!
Ginger Costa-Jackson last performed Lola in Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Spain (2011). Originally she played the role at the Metropolitan Opera (2009) during the time she was a young artist there. This spring the Met has a new production of Mascagni's work. Here's a YouTube where Sir David McVicar discusses his upcoming Cav/Pag. See the Met Live in HD worldwide broadcast of Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci 25 April 2015 (more info, Fathom Events tickets).
Winners were just announced in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Middle Atlantic Region Finals. The competition took place in the Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. Marina Costa-Jackson was one of the winners chosen to advance to the national semi-finals to be held in March 2015. Congratulations!
Ginger Costa-Jackson will appear in the title role of Bizet's Carmen for the San Francisco Opera's 2015-16 season (May—July 2016). Click here for dates and tickets.
"The ultimate femme fatale returns in a provocative staging by infamous director Calixto Bieito in his long-awaited U.S. opera debut.
"Set in the arid earthiness of post-Franco Spain, Bieito’s raw and cinematic vision of Carmen unabashedly provokes the intense emotions pulsing through this tale of love, lust and murder. The result is an uncompromising account of a defiantly free-spirited woman and her complusive, obsessive lover."
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).
Click here to see more / buy tickets for remaining shows (December 9, 11, 13, 14)
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!