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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.



Alex’s case

Has “opera-queen culture” really burned out? Is the most nagging problem with opera right now the issue that lesbians are not invited to the party? And are works like Paul’s Case and Fellow Travelers (i.e., period pieces ending in tragedy for closeted white gay male victims) really the shape of the future? Alex Ross (not pictured) seems to think so, though the cher public may have different ideas.

Broadcast: Parsifal

We move on to Bayreuth’s revival of Parsifal. Broadcasts from various sources begin between 9:45 and 10:00 AM EDT. Photo: Enrico Nawarth

Unbridled enthusiasm

“You see, Elaine, Dimitrij was a simple country boy, you might say a cockeyed optimist, who got himself mixed up in the high stakes game of world diplomacy and international intrigue.”

“A. Netrebko Sings Oltrano”

Overhearing preparations for the Salzburg Aïda.

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Broadcast: Tristan und Isolde

Today’s conversation piece from Bayreuth: a revival of Tristan und Isolde with Stephen Gould and Petra Lang conducted by Christian Thielemann.

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Broadcast: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

The cher public are invited to hear and comment upon the opening performance of the 2017 Bayreuth Festspiele, featuring a new production of Meistersinger directed by Barrie Kosky. Broadcasts from various sources begin between 9:45 and 10:00 AM EDT. (These daytime Bayreuth listening parties continue into next week.)

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Annals of gerontocracy

Placido Domingo, who, in 20 years of trying, has never yet got either the words or the rhythms right in the role of Siegmund, has been announced to conduct Die Walküre at Bayreuth next season.

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Broadcast(s): Getting medieval

As if to usher in next week’s daily broadcasts from Bayreuth, this afternoon offers a choice between two Wagner operas: Lohengrin from the Vienna State Opera and Tannhäuser from Lyric Opera of Chicago.

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Im Körper des Feindes

Congratulations to our friends at the Bayerische Staatsoper for their successful application to real-time opera performances of face-swapping software!

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Broadcast: Don Giovanni

Mariusz Kwiecien heads the cast of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Don Giovanni, starting at 1:00 PM today.

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