Dallas Opera named soprano Marina Costa-Jackson its 2017 "Maria Callas Debut Artist of the Year” for her portrayal of Adalgisa (Norma). She also debuted with three European houses that season singing Mimì (La Bohème) with Oper Köln and with Welsh National Opera, and Micaëla (Carmen) with Opéra de Paris. She completed 2017 as Violetta Valéry (La Traviata), again with Oper Köln.
Keith Cerny, The Kern Wildenthal General Director and CEO [stated], “Marina Costa-Jackson added an extra element of surprise to these performances with her extraordinarily nuanced acting and thrilling vocalism.
“Dramatically, she proved to be a breathtaking ‘mirror image’ of the anguished and more world-weary high priestess, and Adalgisa’s emotional struggle to balance love and loyalty had wrenching impact in Miss Costa-Jackson’s expressive and sympathetic portrayal.
“I’m not at all surprised,” Cerny added, “that our subscribers were moved to select her…”
by AnnaMária Verasztó, Origo (Hungary)
Q. The invited guest star at the concert will be Marina Costa-Jackson, one of the winners of 2016 Operalia . How did she rise to the top that year?
A. Placido Domingo: “As I said, there is a need for proper voice, music, communication skills, stage presence, and if anyone, Marina Costa-Jackson really possesses these things.”
|Amelia||Un Ballo in Maschera||Academy of Vocal Arts||2013|
|Amelia (cover)||Simon Boccanegra||Metropolitan Opera||2015|
|Desdemona||Otello||Savolinna Opera Festival||2018|
|Élisabeth de Valois||Don Carlo||Grange Park Opera||2019|
|Dulcinée||Don Quichotte||Academy of Vocal Arts||2013|
|Fiora||L’Amore dei Tre Re||Academy of Vocal Arts||2015|
|Fiordiligi||Così Fan Tutte||Seattle Opera||2018|
|Iolanta||Iolanta||Russian Opera Workshop||2015|
|Lauretta||Gianni Schicchi||Utah Opera||2018|
|Leonora||Il Trovatore||Musica Viva, Hong Kong||2015|
|Liza||Pique Dame||Academy of Vocal Arts||2014|
|Marguerite||Faust||Academy of Vocal Arts||2015|
|Maria||Maria di Rohan||Washington Concert Opera||2018|
|Micaëla||Carmen||Opéra de Paris||2017|
|Mimì (cover)||La Bohème||Metropolitan Opera||2016|
|Mimì||La Bohème||Oper Köln||2016|
|Mimì||La Bohème||Welsh National Opera||2017|
|Mimì||La Bohème||Academy of Vocal Arts||2015|
|Musetta||La Bohème||Michigan Opera Theatre||2015|
|Soprano||Verdi Requiem||Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile||2016|
|Violetta Valéry||La Traviata||Oper Köln||2017|
|Violetta Valéry||La Traviata||Austin Opera||2018|
|Violetta Valéry||La Traviata||Lyric Opera Ensemble||2011|
|Vreli, daughter of Marti||A Villiage Romeo and Juliet||The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam||2018|
The Washington Post article by Joe Banno
Marina’s voice was...attention-grabbing, ranging from a smoky chest register, through a gutsy, mezzo-ish middle voice, to a gleaming top with rock-solid high notes, clean coloratura, an ability to float beautiful pianissimo phrases and a heck of a trill. It was an exciting voice to experience and, in the romantically conflicted title role, she was able to infuse the empty melodramatics of the libretto with arresting emotion.
Washington Classical Review
Marina Costa-Jackson, a young soprano who wielded her powerful voice like a photon cannon...Her dramatic sound had heart-stopping potency, including soaring up to gleaming high notes.
Marina is the second of three daughters born to Emilia Costa and Walt Jackson. Marina's siblings are Ginger and Miriam, who are accomplished singers in their own right. The three sisters especially love to perform together.
Photo credit: Amy Thackeray.