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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.



Vous ne pouvez pas rester ici toute seule

Slight change of plans, cher publc: this afternoon’s chat I think should center around a new Pelléas et Mélisande from the Vienna State Opera featuring Simon Keenlyside as Golaud. The broadcast starts at 1:00 PM.

Don’t send in the clowns

La Cieca sadly notes that LoftOpera has postponed their production of Pagliaccci (scheduled to open September 15) until a later date to be announced.

Vedrai, piccolo amor

Good news, Puccini fans! According to this photo, it looks like Anna Netrebko has changed her mind and will be singing Madama Butterfly after all!  Read more »

Mimecraft

Our Own JJ (not pictured) muses on the difficulty of staging Mozart’s greatest opera in his latest piece for the New York Times.

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“Madame is the greatest diva of them all”

And after this CD (due in October) she’ll make another, and another!

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“Whatever it is, I’m against it”

“I was shocked and did not understand anything anymore. I was 13 at this time.”

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Fun laughs good times

The legendary performance of “Hey Big Spender” by Marilyn Horne, Carol Burnett and Eileen Farrell has shown up on YouTube.

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Broadcast: Aïda

Listening and discussion of the new Salzburg Festival Aïda, featuring Anna Netrebko in her role debut as the titular princess in captivity.

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Who (if anyone) wore it better?

Shirley Verrett in 1973 or Anna Netrebko on Sunday?

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Opolais your woman now

‘Bess, you is my woman now,’ featuring both Ms. Opolais and Sir Bryn.

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