Praised by the New York Times for being “dramatically and musically alluring…notable for her burnished timbre and subtle phrasing,” Italian-American soprano Marina Costa Jackson is thrilling audiences throughout the US, Europe, and Asia.
Marina opened the 2019-20 season with Los Angeles Opera as Mimi. The season also included her debut as Tatyana in Eugene Onegin with Seattle Opera. Future engagements include the title role in Tosca with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the title role in Suor Angelica with San Diego Opera and her debut with the New National Theatre in Tokyo as Elisabetta in Verdi’s Don Carlo. Engagements canceled due to COVID-19 included Nedda in I Pagliacci with Michigan Opera Theatre, Mimi in La Boheme with the for Opéra national de Paris, Amelia in Simon Boccanegra with the Washington Concert Opera, and Giulietta in Les Contes d’Hoffmann with the Royal Opera Covent Garden.
Previous engagements include Elisabetta in Verdi’s Don Carlo with Grange Park Opera, Desdemona in Verdi’s Otello with the Savonlinna Opera Festival, the Bolshoi Opera, and Austin Lyric Opera, Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata with Teatro San Carlos Lisbon, and Oper Köln, Maria indonizetti’s Maria di Rohanwith the Washington Concert Opera, Adalgisa in Belini’s Norma for Dallas Opera for which she was awarded the 2017 Maria Callas Debut Artist of the Year, Mimi for Oper Köln, and the Metropolitan Opera (cover), Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte for Seattle Opera, Musetta for Michigan Opera Theatre, Leonora in Il Trovatore for Musica Viva Hong Kong, Amelia in Simon Boccanegra for the Metropolitan Opera (cover), Micaela in Bizet’s Carmen for Opéra national de Paris, and the Verdi Requiem for Teatro Municipal de Santiago. She made her Royal Concertgebuow debut as Juilette in A Village Romeo and Juiette. conducted my Mark Elder.
Ms. Costa Jackson has performed in concert with Dmitri Hvorostovsky in Minsk, with Andrea Bocelli in Madison Square Garden, debuted as one of the Costa-Jackson Sisters Trio in the International Festival “Palaces of St. Petersburg” concerts, and has performed at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall.
Marina is a 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Awards finalist, and has won top awards from the Gerda Lissner Foundation, the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation International Vocal Competition, and the Opera Index Vocal Competition. In 2016 she was a second-place winner of Operalia and recipient of the Zarzuela Award. Notable awards include the Giulio Gari Foundation International Competition, second-prize in the Marcello Giordani Foundation Vocal Competition, awards from the Belvedere Competition, the Mario Lanza Institute, the Sergio Franchi Music Foundation, and the George London Foundation. She is a 2016 graduate of the famed Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia.
Simply lovely to watch and hear and has a masterful level of range and control