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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.

Opera = Drag

“The higher the hair, the higher the C.”

Cher public, you are invited to submit your own choices of images best illustrating the tenuous line between Kunst and female impersonation. Read more »

Princess Bride

Alluring Anna Netrebko sings an aria from Tsarskaya nevesta two nights ago. Read more »


Jakub Józef Orlinski tells iNews, “Stage directors love performers with an acrobatic ability. I included one of my power moves, the windmill, when I sang Erismena at the Château De Versailles.”  Read more »

Judges for yourself

With the Met’s announcement of the 2018-2019 season approximately a week away, La Cieca thought we should review the always oracular and generally accurate Future Met Wiki.

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And one for Handel!

“It’s quite a coup to have Alice Coote starring in not one but two company premieres at Lyric next season.”

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Broadcast: Parsifal

Tonight, cher public, time becomes space starting at 5:55 PM and 30 Lincoln Center Plaza.

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Going, going, gong

“It’s like your nightmare Tinder date where if the guy doesn’t know the answer he gets his head cut off.”

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Cross examination

“On March 5, at The Town Hall in NYC, [Andrew LLoyd Webber] will be joined by Glenn Close to celebrate the release of his new memoir, Unmasked.”

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Arms and the man I sing

Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin has been doing heavy lifting not only in the metaphorical but in the literal sense as well.

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Broadcast: Il trovatore

This afternoon’s Met broadcast is Il trovatore, a revival that has already been widely discussed, and surely will be spoken of further when it begins at 1:00 PM.

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