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.
Bass Christian Zaremba, who will sing the role of Angelotti in the Met’s new production of Tosca opening New Year’s Eve, is but one of many names recently revealed on the updated Future Met Wiki for next season. (Photo by Scott Suchman.)
On the occasion of Renée Fleming‘s absolutely final performance of the Marschallin, most likely, La Cieca raises her glass in a More Farewells Than Melba Toast.
Here’s where you can discuss La Fleming‘s penultimate Marschallin, as these nice young people seem to be doing.
Here’s where the parterriani will surely gather to hear and to comment upon this evening’s monster gala celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Met’s incumbency at Lincoln Center.
Note to naysayers: there is nothing wrong with this singing!