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.

The whole world on a plate

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The “mainstay” in question, Francesca da Rimini, was performed at La Scala four times in 1950 and five times in 1959. (There is also the questionable judgment of calling anything David Pountney does “new.”)

L’ombra mostrarsi a me!

Since his death, Mackerras has had not very much interesting to say aside from “Avenge me!”

We’ll go on forever, Pa

“Ma Joad is no doubt the most challenging role of my career thus far,” observed Fleming.

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Broadcast: Luisa Miller

The love and intrigue begin at 12:30 PM.

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Modern family

Yusif Eyvazov will sing the role of Cavaradossi in the first four performances of the spring run of Puccini’s Tosca, replacing Marcelo Álvarez.

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Momentary impoliteness row in tots’ opera shock

The unheard-of horror of a lack of unanimous approbation for a British composer’s work led to an appalling lack of civility on Twitter over the weekend.

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Devil’s candy

The Richard Tucker Music Foundation announced today that Christian Van Horn has been named as the winner of the 2018 Richard Tucker Award.

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Noises on

Webcast: Il Corsaro

Mesmerizing Michael Fabiano stars,

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