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The next voice you hear

La Cieca is delighted to announce that she has joined the cast of WQXR’s radio edition of “Operavore.” Your doyenne will offer her all-too-familiar brand of biting commentary weekly on the show every Saturday at 12:30pm ET on 105.9 FM in New York and online at

Hosted by WQXR’s Naomi Lewin, “Operavore” promises to “keep the pulse of the opera scene, delighting fans with opera news bulletins from the around the globe, previews of new recordings, and interviews with the players and personalities on the scene.”

Marilyn Horne, America’s legendary mezzo, will be on hand each week to give an insider’s take on stories and productions, as well as to interview bold-faced names from outside the opera space – including highly successful playwright Terrance McNally (Master Class and Golden Age); US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg; and beloved star of TV and stage, Tyne Daly, who performed the role of Maria Callas in McNally’s Master Class – on their personal relationship with the genre.

Weekly commentary will be provided by your own La Cieca, described somewhat curiously in the press release as “the alter ego of critic and opera enthusiast James Jorden, who presides over the popular[?] opera fan website, Parterre Box.” For those of you not interested in weekly commentary,  blogger Fred Plotkin, hailed by The Robb Report as “[knowing] more about opera than probably any other American,” will offer opinion and insight.

“We are thrilled to launch this new show as the perfect next step in WQXR’s expanded opera coverage,” said Graham Parker, General Manager, WQXR. “Since launching Operavore last January, we have been plugged into the passionate, vibrant audience for ‘everything opera’. The new show aims to appeal to both those who know a little and those who know a lot about opera using humor, music, engaging guests and up-to-the-minute news.”

“Operavore” will air every Saturday from January 19 – May 25, 2013. The producer is Elaine Warner, who formerly produced the weekly Metropolitan Opera broadcasts. The Operavore radio show will launch as a limited-run series to complement WQXR’s weekly broadcasts of live and recorded full-length works from the world’s major opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, and Houston Grand Opera.


  • 21
    blanchette says:

    wonderful news… honestly, I can’t wait to hear what you sound like-what IS The Voice of La Cieca ???

    • 21.1
      Sempre liberal says:

      I sure hope JJ has a lovely voice, but I do so love la Cieca’s voice, captured here in one of my favorite newsreels.

      • 21.1.1
        perfidia says:

        That Diana Rigg compositewas the best! looking at the list of little people at the end, so many are no longer really active on the blog, I think. I hope they are all doing well. They certainly made things lively around here.

  • 22
    m. croche says:

    Congratulations, La C. May the spirit

  • 23
    messa di voce says:

    First there was Arlene Francis . . . then La Cieca . . . and then God broke the mold.

    • 23.1
      Krunoslav says:

      I think of La Nostra Cieca more as working the journalistic and sartorial vein of Miss Dorothy Kilgallen.

      But, what larks await!

  • 24
    Quanto Painy Fakor says:

    I hope they interview Kimberly Kletchka and her nanny,

  • 25
    adina says:

    Congratulations La Cieca!!! And, from one who does not live in the NY area -- so glad it will be on the internet. This will now be THE BEST thing to do Saturday morning!!!

  • 27
    Buster says:

    Excellent news! Will you play records too, like Andy Karzas, who was always so much fun to listen to? I can still hear that voice, while it must be at least fifteen years ago since I last heard him.

  • 28
    Ilka Saro says:

    Very very good news!

  • 29
    Quanto Painy Fakor says:

    Lucia di Land-o-Lakes?
    Patrick Stewart is in fact a big opera fan and often attends performances in Los Angeles.

    This is great,


    I guess they think this is good stuff and they’re planning more of it.,0,7188301.column

    • 29.1
      La Cieca says:

      And yet, Fleming does the most amazing Elaine May “Barbara Musk” impression I have ever heard. I mean, it’s like they’re the same person.

      • 29.1.1
        MontyNostry says:

        Some critics would claim that RF’s recital albums largely comprise skilled impressions of famous sopranos of the past.

    • 29.2
      MontyNostry says:

      Didn’t Patrick Stewart play an opera director in one of the most agonisingly funny episodes of Frasier?

      • 29.2.1
        perfidia says:

        Patrick Stewart playing Sterling in Jeffrey was pretty priceless too:
        -- “Whos Martha Stewart?”
        -“She writes picture books about gracious living. Martha says nothing else matters if you can do a nice dried flower arrangement. I worship her!”
        -“And, um, who’s Ann Miller?”
        -“Leave this house.”

      • 29.2.2
        aronocity says:

        Another funny opera joke from different episode of Frasier:

        Frasier is enamored by a women who sits in a opera box across from his. He describes to Daphne, “I’ve laughed with her during Figaro, cried with her during Tosca; I even had a dream about her during Einstein on the Beach.”

  • 30
    norma54 says:

    Not one person who attended this miserable DRECK of an evening will buy a ticket to PARSIFAL or TROVATORE next year…….. much LESS a subscription.

  • 31
    liza says:

    Congrats! What a great line-up!

  • 32
    stignanispawn says:

    Thrilled for you (and for us) La C!

  • 33
    blanchette says:

    that’s funny/ironic to watch John Mahoney play the butch dad.

  • 34
    manou says:

    Very good news -- and I have a brilliant idea! Let’s change La Cieca’s name to La Voce!…..oh wait…

  • 35
    Quanto Painy Fakor says:

    MET HD Les Troyens 2013 -- seek and ye shall find -- it’s out there on the web. I did not post it and listing of the URL here would not be appropriate.

    • 35.1
      louannd says:

      Since when?

      • 35.1.1
        roseducor says:

        I see that the world’s major opera houses consist of five US companies. Well, “among”, but still, shall we say, a selective point of view.

        Never mind, I look forward.

  • 36
    efrayer says:

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to tune in.

  • 37
    Stefan says:

    “Satisfied” — I saw the Staatsoper’s Maria Stuart in it’s last run, 4 years ago. It was GREAT fun. I had plans to see it next week but cancelled my trip to Berlin after I got Bayreuth tickets. When you go, think “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.” You’ll see what I mean. Let us know what you think!