This summer we had a very special opportunity to celebrate the lives of Vera and Harry Orbelian with Constantine Orbelian, their son and our beloved friend. It was a memorable event, for which we are very grateful. "Love Is Where You Find It" was one of the closing numbers on the program.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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: