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.

 
 
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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.
 
 
Philly.com/Inquirer's review:
"As Mimì, soprano Marina Costa-Jackson revealed a large, sumptuous voice, secure throughout its range and with carrying power that might well lead to heavier roles in the Puccini/Verdi canon.” (Read the whole review.)
Saturday, 14 February brings Marina's next performance of Mimì in Puccini’s La bohème at the Academy of Vocal Arts. Sunday, 15 February the production will be broadcast on WRTI Radio Philadelphia from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Time). You can listen to the program online for free HERE.
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Rodolfo (Mackenzie Whitney) and Mimì (Marina Costa-Jackson), La bohème. Photo by Paul Sirochman
 
 
Marina Costa-Jackson is Mimì in tonight's opening of the Academy of Vocal Arts' La bohème by Puccini. AVA recently published videos of Marina and the other resident artists in a preview of the opera. We invite you especially to listen to the Second Act Opening, and the Discussion (afterwards) in these YouTube videos: