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. Currently he alternates his doyenne duties with writing a weekly column on opera for the New York Observer.


La bohème La bohème

Starring Angela Gheorghiu, Ainhoa Arteta, Ramón Vargas, Ludovic Tézier, Quinn Kelsey, Oren Gradus and Paul Plishka, conducted by Nicola Luisotti. From April 5, 2008.

on September 27, 2020 at 5:05 PM
Maria Stuarda Maria Stuarda

David Alden directs Diana Damrau in Donizetti’s melodrama.

on September 27, 2020 at 12:00 PM
Turandot Turandot

Starring Christine Goerke, Eleonora Buratto, Yusif Eyvazov and James Morris, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. From October 12, 2019.

on September 26, 2020 at 6:07 PM
Boris Godunov Boris Godunov

Barrie Kosky directs Michael Volle in this livestream from Zürich Opera.

on September 26, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Tosca Tosca

Starring Sonya Yoncheva, Vittorio Grigolo and Zeljko Lucic, conducted by Emmanuel Villaume. From January 27, 2018.

on September 25, 2020 at 5:28 PM
After the ball After the ball

On this day in 1928, Rodgers and Hart’s flop musical Chee-Chee (it’s about eunuchs) opened on Broadway.

on September 25, 2020 at 12:27 PM
Die Csárdásfürstin Die Csárdásfürstin

Annette Dasch and Pavol Breslik star in Emmerich Kálmán’s operetta in a livestream from Zürich Opera.

on September 25, 2020 at 11:51 AM
Baritone day! Baritone day!

Born on this day baritones Cornell MacNeil, Ettore Bastianini (both in 1922) and Pablo Elvira (1938).

on September 24, 2020 at 6:12 PM
Madama Butterfly Madama Butterfly

Starring Patricia Racette, Maria Zifchak, Marcello Giordani and Dwayne Croft, conducted by Patrick Summers. From on March 7, 2009.

on September 24, 2020 at 5:23 PM
Manon Lescaut Manon Lescaut

Starring Kristine Opolais, Roberto Alagna, Massimo Cavalletti and Brindley Sherratt, conducted by Fabio Luisi. From March 5, 2016.

on September 23, 2020 at 4:44 PM
Met cancels spring season Met cancels spring season

The Met will be dark for more than a year, until the fall of 2021.

on September 23, 2020 at 12:04 PM
La Fanciulla del West La Fanciulla del West

Starring Deborah Voigt, Marcello Giordani and Lucio Gallo, conducted by Nicola Luisotti. From January 8, 2011.

on September 22, 2020 at 4:38 PM
La Rondine La Rondine

Starring Angela Gheorghiu, Lisette Oropesa, Roberto Alagna. Marius Brenciu and Samuel Ramey. Conducted by Marco Armiliato. Transmitted live on January 10, 2009.

on September 21, 2020 at 6:30 PM
Keep watching the skies Keep watching the skies

La Cieca hears that major news is coming from the Met regarding 2021.

on September 21, 2020 at 5:42 PM
Honoring RBG Honoring RBG

A tribute to an “obsessive” opera fan.

on September 21, 2020 at 3:43 PM
Comfort food Comfort food

“In these few minutes we are given a précis of Leontyne Price as an artist.”

on September 21, 2020 at 12:35 PM
Take the money and run Take the money and run

The Met settled with disgraced former music director James Levine for a cool $3.5 million.

on September 21, 2020 at 12:09 PM
Silky-toned Silky-toned

On this day in 1968 mezzo-soprano Shirley Verrett made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Carmen.

on September 21, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Norma Norma

Starring Sondra Radvanovsky, Joyce DiDonato, Joseph Calleja and Matthew Rose, conducted by Carlo Rizzi. From October 7, 2017.

on September 20, 2020 at 6:40 PM
L’elisir d’amore L’elisir d’amore

Starring Pretty Yende, Matthew Polenzani, Davide Luciano and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo; conducted by Domingo Hindoyan. From February 10, 2018.

on September 19, 2020 at 6:04 PM
Mr. Lillian Russell Mr. Lillian Russell

On this day in 1904 female impersonator Julian Eltinge made his Broadway debut in the Jerome Kern musical Mr. Wix of Wickham.

on September 19, 2020 at 11:33 AM
I Puritani I Puritani

Starring Anna Netrebko, Eric Cutler, Franco Vassallo and John Relyea; conducted by Patrick Summers. From January 6, 2007.

on September 18, 2020 at 6:32 PM
Semiramide Semiramide

Produced at Carnegie Hall by Matthew Epstein in 1983 with June Anderson, Marilyn Horne, Samuel Ramey and Douglas Ahlstedt with Henry Lewis conducting.

on September 18, 2020 at 12:33 PM
La Cenerentola La Cenerentola

Starring Elina Garanca, Lawrence Brownlee, Simone Alberghini, Alessandro Corbelli and John Relyea; conducted by Maurizio Benini. From May 9, 2009.

on September 17, 2020 at 4:53 PM
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