La Cieca

James Jorden (who writes under the names “La Cieca” and “Our Own JJ”) is the founder and editor of parterre box. During his 20 year career as an opera critic he has written for the New York Times, Opera, Gay City News, Opera Now, Musical America and the New York Post. He has also raised his voice in punditry on National Public Radio. From time to time he has directed opera, including three unsuccessful productions of Don Giovanni, a work he hopes to return to someday. He is the co-creator, writer and occasional wig stylist for “The Dozen Divas,” the long-running cabaret show starring the ineffable Dorothy Bishop. Currently he alternates his doyenne duties with writing a twice-weekly column on opera for the New York Observer.



Mario, tu qui?!

Najmiddin Mavlyanov will sing the role of Cavaradossi in the May 8 and 12 performances of Puccini’s Tosca, reports the Met’s press office. Read more »

Broadcast: Roméo et Juliette

The Met’s lovers are so star-crossed we don’t even have photos of them yet. (This image of Ailyn Pérez in the Santa Fe production of Gounod’s opera is by Ken Howard.) Anyway, the opera will be heard, not seen, this evening beginning at at 7:30 PM.

Deuxième partie: “Ah, word ill urged…”

Andrea Shin will sing the role of Roméo in tonight’s performance of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, replacing Charles Castronovo, who is ill. (So says the Met’s press office.)

Broadcast: The Exterminating Angel

Harken yet once again to the comeuppance of aristos wailing laments only sheep can hear!

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House of wax

In a steampunk moment, 21st century singers try on 19th century technology.

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Sisterhood of the traveling Pratt

A webcast of I puritani from Teatro Massimo in Palermo.

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Just catch our act at the Met!

Perennial diva Liza Minnelli greets legendary Disney characters including Sheriff Woody Pride, Elsa and Snow White.

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“Ah, word ill urged to one that is so ill!”

Charles Castronovo will sing the role of Roméo in all performances of the Metropolitan Opera’s forthcoming production of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette.

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Follies! Follies!

New York has neon, Berlin has bars, but, ah! Parigi!

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I’m every diva, it’s all in me

La Cieca, fashion arbiter though she may be, cannot figure out what is going on with this day-to-evening (and then some) look Sonya Yoncheva is flaunting.

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