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:
 
 
Toi, toi, toi to Ginger in tonight's opening of Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera! She plays Mercédès with Elina Garanca as Carmen, and Roberto Alagna as Don José. The opera runs until March 7...(see more).
 
 
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!
 
 
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José Cura, Ginger Costa-Jackson ©2011 A. Bonfil
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Ginger Costa-Jackson ©2009 W. Jackson
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).  
 
 
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Photo credit: M. Lapenta
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!
 
 
 
 
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!