Opera Grand Rapids To Feature Metropolitan Opera Star In “The Barber of Seville”

By Katharine Baran

Opera Grand Rapids’ production of “The Barber of Seville” will feature the Met’s very own mezzo, Ginger Costa-Jackson.

Costa-Jackson has previously performed in several productions at the Metropolitan Opera, including Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana” and Bizet’s “Carmen.”

For the May 12th and 13th performances of “The Barber of Seville” the Sicilian-born mezzo-soprano will hit the Devos Performance Hall as Rosina, the same role that she played before at the Metropolitan Opera during the 2015-16 season.

Costa-Jackson’s first performance at the Opera Grand Rapids was in 2014 when she took on the role of Carmen and received gracious praises for her performance as the leading lady.

Following the mezzo’s run, she turns to the Seattle Opera to perform Dorabella alongside her sister Marina Costa-Jackson in “Così fan tutte.”

Bernard Uzan is the producer for Opera Grand Rapids production of “The Barber of Seville.” He has worked on over 400 productions throughout his career. He made his Opera Grand Rapids debut last May with his production of “Romeo and Juliet.”

The remaining cast members include David Margulis as the Count Almaviva, Corey McKern as Figaro, Kevin Langan as Basilio and Peter Strummer as Bartolo.

Maestro Leonardo Vordoni leads the ensemble.