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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.



Who let the dogs out?

Norman Lebrecht, as is increasingly his wont, emitted a vicious racially-charged dog whistle this morning, and the mangiest curs on the internet (i.e., his commenters) immediately bared their teeth.  Read more »

From the vault

La Cieca (a “recent” photograph) is delighted to remind her cher public that the parterre YouTube page (called operazine) has been newly refurbished and updated. (The image above is actually from the most popular video on the site, with over 150,000 views!)  Read more »

The princess diaries

Today on parterre saturday afternoon: a live recording of Strauss’s Salome featuring the very starry quartet of Gwyneth Jones, Hans Hopf, Bernd Weikl and Martha Mödl! The live stream begins at 2:00 PM EDT.  Read more »

A spark to pierce the dark from Battery Park to Washington Heights

I mean, who did not see this coming?

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Muh legacy!

A letter to the New York Times from the the company’s doughty press director Tim McKeough addresses the recent spate of running around with hair on fire about James Levine‘s artistic legacy.

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The male gaze

The third segment of New York City Opera’s gradually emerging 2018-2019 season will be Mascagni’s Isabeau.

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“More wait!”

New York City Opera today offered a demi-announcement of half their next season.

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Margosha koshka zhiva!

It seems Anna Netrebko has achieved a state that can only be described as “Peak Elizabeth Taylor.”

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I used to think you were all sugar water

You may not be a born Regina in The Little Foxes if you’re the sort of person who exclaims “Good gravy!”

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Serial amuser

Disgraced former Met music director James Levinewas sighted at yesterday’s matinee performance of New York City Opera’s Brokeback Mountain.

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