“There simply is no other Carmen than Ginger Costa-Jackson. There is none that I’ve ever seen that fully encapsulates the character like she does.” —The Virginian-Pilot
Ginger Costa-Jackson is a graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, and is a Samling Scholar. In recent years at the MET she has debuted the role of Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Lola in Cavelleria Rusticana and Smeton in Anna Bolena. Other notable recent debuts include Despina in Cosi Fan Tutte with L’Opera National de Paris conducted by Philippe Jordan, the title role in Carmen with San Diego Opera, San Francisco Opera, and at the New National Theater in Tokyo, and Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte with Seattle Opera (along side her sister Marina Costa Jackson as Fiordiligi), as well as Maddalena in Rigoletto with LA Opera.
Ginger recently performed the roles of Dorabella, and Cherubino in the new production of the Mozart /Da Ponte operas for her debut with La Monnaie, as well as appearing as Donna Elvira at A Coruna Festival. She returned to Seattle Opera for Angelina in La Cenerentola and Musetta in La Boheme, in addition to another return engagement to L’Opera de Paris for Despina. The 2020-21 season included her return to Liceu Opera Barcelona as Giulietta in Tales of Hoffmann. Engagements in future seasons include Dorabella/Cherubino with the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Musetta in La Boheme with Seattle Opera, Donna Elvira at Teatro Petruzelli in Bari, a concert at Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the title role in Carmen with the English National Opera, and her debut with the prestigious Grange Park Opera.
The 2018-19 season saw Ms. Costa Jackson make her debut with the San Francisco Symphony in L’Enfant et la Sortileges, Helène in La Belle Helène with Odyssey Opera, the title role in Carmen with San Diego Opera, the New National Opera in Tokyo, and Seattle Opera, and Rosina in Barbiere di Siviglia in Toulon. Other recent performances include Carmen with the Michigan Opera House, and Teatro de Bellas Artes and Vancouver Opera. She debuted with Washington Concert Opera in Maria di Rohan, and Opera Hong Kong as Musetta in La Boheme,
Her former roles at the Metropolitan Opera include Rosette in the new production of Massenet’s Manon; Smaragdi in Francesca da Rimini, and Mercedes in Carmen; Nancy T’sang, First Secretary in Nixon in China; Wowkle in La fanciulla del West; Eine Theatergarderobiere/Der Gymnasiast/Ein Groom in Berg’s Lulu; cover for Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro; Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana; Myrtale in Thaïs; and Rosette in Manon, 2008 Opening Night Gala. Ginger made her European debut as Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana with the Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona. Prior, she was featured as the Marchesa del Poggio in Verdi’s Un Giorno di Regno with Glimmerglass Opera, and made her San Francisco Opera debut in Nixon in China, sang Marie in Rossini’s Moise et Pharaon with the Collegiate Chorale at Carnegie Hall, and the role of Puss in the 2010 US premier of Montsalvatge’s El gato con botas with the Gotham Chamber Opera. She debuted with the San Francisco Symphony as Celia in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe.