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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.



Vo’ farmi più gaia, più fulgida ancora

This float (artist’s conception) will perhaps anchor New York City Opera’s presence in tomorrow’s Pride parade. Says the company’s rep, “City Opera invites you, our fans, to march with the artists who create the operas you love. Join us on June 25th, at 12:00 pm and show your pride for love, equality, and opera.”

Broadcast: Norma

Summertime, and the canto is bel from Lyric Opera of Chicago, starting at 1:00 PM EDT.

We’re here, we’re queer (well, some of us)

With all due respect to the creative team responsible for Three Way (in particular David Cote, a librettist of real distinction), what the hell is this piece doing on a list of 7 American Operas That Put LGBTQ Issues Center StageRead more »

Webcast: Tosca

A telecast from the Norske Opera of Puccini’s Tosca, directed by Calixto Bieito.

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Scostatevi, profani!

Not only is Anna Netrebko great, I am beginning to think there was never anyone greater.

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Cloud yells at old man

Following the jump, the latest kvetch from joyless Norman Lebrecht.

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Broadcast: The Magic Flute

he listening and the commenting on this Lyric Opera of Chicago broadcast begin at 1:00 pm today.

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Mai Tosca alla scena

Sonya Yoncheva will make her role debut in the Met’s new production of Puccini’s Tosca next season replacing Kristine Opolais.

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Philip Gossett 1941-2017

The American musicologist died earlier today in Chicago.

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They’re broke and that’s oak

The important thing to remember about Druids is that they don’t follow fashion very much.

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