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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.



The music, ho!

Here’s where the parterriani will surely gather to hear and to comment upon this evening’s monster gala celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Met’s incumbency at Lincoln Center, beginning at 6:00 PM EDT and ending heaven knows when. Read more »

She’s just a lady with a song

Note to naysayers: there is nothing wrong with this singing! Read more »

There wouldn’t be chandeliers bright enough!

“I thought you did it for me, Mama.” “I thought you did it for me, Mama…” I thought you made a no-talent ox into a star because you like doing things the hard way, Mama. And you haven’t got any talent! Not what I call talent, Mister Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart! I made you! And you wanna know why? You wanna know what I did it for?! Because I was born too soon and started too late, that’s why! [On Site Opera]

Broadcast: Cyrano de Bergerac

Be ready to start chatting at 12:30 today, cher public, when the Met broadcasts The Knights Who Say “Nez!”

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And now a word from our sponsors

On this lovely May morning, La Cieca (pictured) and the gang down at parterre are delighted to salute our advertisers.

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Light the lights

Which operatic heartthrob—who’s loved everywhere on earth, in fact—plans to make a surprise return to the Met to sing in next weekend’s 50th anniversary gala?

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Broadcast: Ariodante

Hear, view and discuss: Ariodante starring Joyce DiDonato.

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Broadcast: Der Fliegende Holländer

More Wagner listening excitement this afternoon at 1:00 PM, cher public, on the Met’s Saturday afternoon broadcast.

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The new journalism

La Cieca wishes to extend her heartiest congratulations to that journalistic power couple the da Fonseca-Wollheim-Stephenses.

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Soreness and burning

“Ms. Fleming, 58, and Ms. Dessay, 52, faced the same problem over the past decade or so.”

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