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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.



As if they never said goodbye

Handsome singing by Roberto Alagna and extremely heavy makeup on Barbara Frittoli highlight these excerpts from Adriana Lecouvreur in Monte Carlo.  Read more »

Broadcast: Norma

This afternoon’s Met broadcast (starting at 1:00 PM) is Bellini’s Norma, and La Cieca is sure the cher public will have plenty of opinions. (Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

All in the family

This one’s on me. Here’s a project apparently nobody has thought of and it’s a sure winner: Semiramide with Cecilia Bartoli and Franco Fagioli. Read more »

Afterlife

The Bayerische Staatsoper, purveyor of fascinating video opera, continues to innovate.

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Broadcast: The Merry Widow

Sassy Susan Graham is Hanna Glawari tonight at the Met, broadcast starting at 7:30 PM.

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Declining

Mr. Plummer is very wise and La Cieca intends (in a general sense) to continue to follow his example.

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È caduta l’altra scarpia

“Sir Bryn Terfel has had to withdraw from the Met’s new production of Puccini’s Tosca as he takes enforced rest due to vocal fatigue.”

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Webcast: La Bohème

Join La Cieca at the final frontier of Claus Guth‘s controversial new production of La Bohème, webcast at 1:30 PM today.

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E qui la luna l’abbiamo vicina

“Puccini’s operas seldom take well to abstraction, since the composer engraved every detail of what should happen into the score so specifically that there was little wiggle room left.”

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Broadcast: The Richard Tucker Gala

Starting at 6:00 PM, a live broadcast of this year’s Richard Tucker festivities. 

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