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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.



Art is domination!

Anna Netrebko is Maria Callas in Terrence McNally‘s Master Class! Read more »

Touched by an angel

The luminous Gundula Janowitz makes a rare if not downright unique appearance as Elisabeth in Wagner’s Tannhäuser on today’s episode of parterre saturday afternoon starting at 2:00 PM. Rene Kollo, Wolfgang Brendel and Mignon Dunn also star in this 1972 performance conducted by Wolfgang SawallischRead more »

Because one slave has run away, Teachout beating every slave

A privileged white male critic for the Wall Street Journal accomplished quite a hat trick earlier this week, simultaneously throwing red meat to the WSJ’s fascist commentariat and casting himself as a victim of the Culture Wars, fretting over the possibility that theater producers might have to stop and consider the racial implications of a 70 year old musical about race.   Read more »

“O, learn to love, the lesson is but plain”

When Adonis Calls is “the story of an accomplished author struggling with writer’s block who is contacted by an eager young fan interested in both an artistic and personal correspondence.”

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You don’t have to put on the red light

Live from Sussex, it’s Madama Butterfly!

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That midnight kiss

A challenging Salome-themed vocal identification quiz arranged by Our Own Christopher Corwin.

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Mozart of the Champs-Elysées

Born on this day in 1819 composer Jacques Offenbach.

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Orientalism alive and well on the Upper West Side

“Based on two Noh plays, the hypnotic work creates a shimmering world of supernatural encounters…”

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Blonde Venus?

The frequently-omniscient Future Met Wiki has recently vouchsafed a few morsels about upcoming Met seasons.

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“I wish I could say I was sorry!”

James Levine is trying to discredit one of his alleged victims by dredging up a ‘love’ letter his teen accuser once wrote to him.”

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