Sicilian-born mezzo-soprano Ginger Costa-Jackson was noted recently to have created a woman whose joie de vivre could destroy any man in her path. (TCO Debut) As the New York Times observed, Ginger Costa-Jackson is a ravishing mezzo-soprano from Italy; her voice has dark, rich colorings and considerable body. Ginger has enjoyed having sung at some of the lead houses in the world. This year in particular is very exciting for Ms Costa-Jackson as she is anticipating singing with some of the world’s most renowned opera companies. She is excited to announce she will be debuting her first lead role at the Metropolitan Opera in The Barber of Seville as Rosina. Ginger will be returning to San Francisco Opera to perform her first title role with the company as Carmen in Bizet’s Carmen. Ginger will also perform Carmen at the Michigan Opera Theater. She will also be returning to Europe to perform a role at Opéra national de Paris in a new production that will soon be announced.
Recent highlights of the past two seasons include Metropolitan Opera performances as Lola in The Metropolitan’s new production of Cavalleria Rusticana, Smaragdi in Francesca da Rimini and Mercedes in Carmen. This past summer Ginger was a featured artist in the beloved NYC parks Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series. She also returned to St Petersburg Russia with her sisters to perform during the Tchaikovsky festival. Other notable engagements: Virginia Opera debut as Carmen, the title role debut of Marchesa di Poggio in Verdi’s Un giorno di regno (King for a day) with the Glimmerglass Opera Festival, Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria (Prieto) debut as Ursule in Berlioz’s Beatrice et Benedict (Mexico City).
Ginger is a graduate of The Metropolitan Opera s Lindemann Young Artist Program. Her main stage debut at the Metropolitan was as Rosette at the of 21 in Massenet’s Manon. Her European debut was as Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana with the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. Ginger was hired for her first lead role by Francesca Zambello in 2011 with The Glimmerglass Festival, starring as Carmen in Georges Bizet’s Carmen. She made her San Francisco Opera debut as Nancy T’sang in Nixon in China, sang Marie in Rossini’s Moïse 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. Ms Costa-Jackson’s former Met roles include Nancy T’sang, First Secretary in Nixon in China; Wowkle in La fanciulla del West; Eine heatergarderobiere/Der Gymnasiast/Ein Groom in Berg s Lulu; cover for Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro; Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana; Myrtale in Thaïs. In 2009 she debuted with the San Francisco Symphony as Celia in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe. Ms. Costa-Jackson performed Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte with the Verbier Festival Academy, and Nerone in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea with the International Institute of Vocal Arts.