Ginger Costa-Jackson is a graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, and a Samling Scholar. Recently she performed the role of Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with the Metropolitan Opera, and the title role in Bizet’s Carmen with the San Francisco Opera and was joined by her two sisters in a Costa-Jackson sisters concert at the Nantucket Musical Arts Society. Most recently she made her debut at Opera de Paris as Despina in a new production of Cosi fan Tutte conducted by Philippe Jordan, performed Carmen with the Michigan Opera House and Teatro de Bellas Artes, Rosina with the Santa Cruz Symphony and Opera Grand Rapids, and Nashville Opera and the role of Moll in The Cradle will Rock with Opera Saratoga. Future engagements include Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte with the Seattle Opera, her Los Angeles Opera debut as Maddalena in Rigoletto, her return to the Opera de Paris, Carmen with San Diego Opera, her debut with Washington Concert Opera in Maria di Rohan, her debut with National Theatre Tokyo as Carmen and Hong Kong as Musetta, and her debut with Opera de Toulon as Rosina. In prior seasons she debuted Vancouver Opera and Opera Grand Rapids in the title role of Carmen, performed El Gato con botas with Gotham Chamber Opera, returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana and Mercedes in Carmen.
In 2013-14 she returned to the Metropolitan Opera for Cosi fan Tutte, and Falstaff, and debuted Virginia Opera as Carmen. In 2012 Ginger debuted the role of Carmen with the Glimmerglass Festival, and made her European debut as Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana with the Gran Teatre del Liceu. Prior to that she returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Smaragdi in Francesca da Rimini and Mercedes in Carmen, and was featured as the Marchesa del Poggio in Verdi’s Un Giorno di Regno with Glimmerglass Opera.
Prior to that she performed Rosette in the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Massenet’s Manon, 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. Ms Costa-Jackson’s former Met roles include 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. 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.
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