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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.



Unnatural prologue

La Cieca (not pictured) is actively searching now for a weekly audio or video feature to permanently replace the defunct “Montag Mit Marianne.” (If you are interested in creating such a feature, member of the cher public, your doyenne encourages you to contact her privately.) In the meantime, she hopes you will enjoy highlights from the classic “Unnatural Acts of Opera” archive such as today’s offering.  Read more »

Again with the Mad Libs

La Cieca literally cannot even.

Broadcast: Lucrezia Borgia

This afternoon: a broadcast of Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia featuring Krassimira Stoyanova, Ildar Abdrazakov and Juan Diego Flórez. The broadcast starts at 1:30 PM.

Discuss!

It’s the new zoophilia revue

Which opera house’s notoriously conservative backers would be shocked to hear the company is currently holding auditions for performers to perform simulated acts of bestiality?

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Ha vuote le occhiaie – ma pure (e chi il crede?!)

Today, the New York Times offers the strongest suggestion yet that Cecilia Bartoli will bring her Norma to New York sooner rather than later.

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Puzza la tela dipinta

This afternoon the Royal Opera House offers a first glimpse of Richard Jones‘ new production of La bohème, the first at that theater since about 1735 or so.

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Possente amor li chiama

Congratulations to Michael Fabiano and Bryan L. McCalister, who have just announced their engagement.

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Erschlage!

Meet Andreas Rosar, assistant director and hero/heroine of the 2017 Bayreuth Festival.

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The once and future queen

In addition to her first Met Aida performances next season, forthcoming projects for the one and only Anna Netrebko just keep gushing out.

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Broadcast: The Ghosts of Versailles

This afternoon at 1:00 PM, The Ghosts of Versailles from Los Angeles Opera: all this and Patti LuPone too!

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