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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.



Broadcast: Il Pirata

Angela Meade is prima donna of this broadcast of Bellini’s melodrama recorded live at the Caramoor Festival starting at 1:00 PM.

Broadcast: The Exterminating Angel

Flock to the first live free web broadcast in North America of the Adès-on favorite of critics and public alike, starting at 7:55 this eve.

So let’s start ’cause we’ve got an awfully long way to go

For the busy month of October (nearly 300,000 pageviews and an astonishingly sticky 3:19 average session duration!) La Cieca (not pictured) is elated to announce that parterre box published some of its most popular posts ever. The breakdown is after the jump. Read more »

Broadcast: Die Walküre

Tonight starting at 6:15 PM EDT, the opening night of Die Walküre, live from Lyric Opera of Chicago.

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The train arrives in Boston at 5:00 PM the next day

So La Cieca figures if the New York Times can do seven pieces about Exterminating Angel in the past week, we should jump on the bandwagon as well.

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Rawls debut

Arnold Rawls will sing the role of Calàf in tonight’s performance of Puccini’s Turandot, replacing the originally scheduled Aleksandrs Antonenko, who is ill.

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Gray lady

Denigrating myths about opera abound.

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Broadcast: Le nozze di Figaro

Live from the Bayerische Staatsoper.

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Peter Gelb admits defeat

” Mr. Gelb chuckled and said, ‘I’m not going to find out’.”

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Broadcast: Les Contes d’Hoffmann

More Grigolerie this evening starting at 7:25.

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