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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.

Cervelli! Cervelli!

Our dear sister publication BBC Music Magazine has crafted the ideal experience for conservative opera buffs: Tosca as performed by the corpses of long-dead singers, reanimated as bloodless zombies.   Read more »

Magic bullet

For all you Carl Maria von Weber fans out there, here’s Günther Groissböck in, no, not L.A. Tool & Die, but rather Der Freischütz at La Scala.  Read more »

“Art is domination”

The big news from the West End is that screen legend Emma Thompson is winning rave reviews for her performance as Maria Callas in Terrence McNally‘s Master Class, despite a production that has tactfully been called “eccentric.”


James Levine has quietly been slotted into the spring reprise of the Met’s new Tosca.

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Broadcast: Turandot

Bass James Morris marks his 1,000th Met performance in tonight’s broadcast of Turandot.

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Phone rings, door chimes, in comes Sängerkrieg!

“Heinrich, come on over for dinner! / We’ll be so glad to see you!”

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Evil stage directors reduce humble servant of art to whimpering victim

“Non faccio più opere: ho pochi anni da vivere non posso passare tempo a discutere con un idiota che offende la nostra cultura.”

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Broadcast: Pelléas et Mélisande

Pulthunk Jordan de Souza leads a new production of Debussy’s opera directed by Barrie Kosky, a video from the Komische Oper Berlin, starting at noon EDT.

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Broadcast: Oberon

To hear and to discuss: Weber’s Oberon starring Jonas Kaufmann, this afternoon at 1:00 PM.

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“Never get caught acting”

Born on this day in 1893 actress Lillian Gish.

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