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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.

Reminder: predict the Met’s 2017-2018 casting and win big!

Cher public, take a moment away from your appearances in supper clubs and presentation houses to make your final guesses in the Met Casting for 2017-2018 competition, which closes at 10:00 AM tomorrow (Wednesday), just two hours before Met unveils that season officially.

End of an era

Fort Worth Opera earlier today parted ways with its general director of 16 years, Darren K. Woods. His tenure with the company included a strong focus on contemporary works such as Silent Night, Glory Denied, Angels in America and JFK.

A time to ill

Pretty Yende will sing the role of Elvira in tomorrow evening’s performance of Bellini’s I Puritani, replacing Diana Damrau, who is ill,” says the Met’s press office. Read more »

When I have sung my songs to you I’ll sing no more

Which octogenarian fixture of the operatic world is preparing to make a farewell of sorts, perhaps as soon as late summer of this year?

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Broadcast: Carmen

This afternoon’s broadcast, cher public: Bizet’s Carmen, starting at 1:00 PM.

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Broadcast: I puritani

Grab your veils, cher public, and join the listening party for I puritani tonight at 7:30 tonight.

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Happy birthday Leontyne Price!

Today is the 90th anniversary of the birth of the great American diva.

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Nicolai Gedda 1925-2017

According to the Svenska Dagblatet, the internationally renowned Swedish singer died yesterday.

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Cast thy breadbox upon the waters

What better time for a competition in which you, the cher public (pictured), attempt to predict the future?

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