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.


Il trovatore Il trovatore

This classic telecast stars Éva Marton, Dolora Zajick, Luciano Pavarotti and Sherrill Milnes, conducted by James Levine. From October 15, 1988.

on July 07, 2020 at 5:02 PM
La bohème La bohème

Starring Sonya Yoncheva, Susanna Phillips, Michael Fabiano, Lucas Meachem, Alexey Lavrov, Matthew Rose and Paul Plishka, conducted by Marco Armiliato. From February 24, 2018.

on July 06, 2020 at 5:30 PM
Never can say goodbye Never can say goodbye

James Levine is back, or at least is scheduled to be back!

on July 06, 2020 at 2:23 PM
Macbeth Macbeth

Plácido Domingo, Anna Netrebko, Kwangchul Youn and Fabio Sartori are conducted by Daniel Barenboim.

on July 06, 2020 at 11:30 AM
La donna del lago La donna del lago

Starring Joyce DiDonato, Daniela Barcellona, Juan Diego Flórez, John Osborn and Oren Gradus; Conducted by Michele Mariotti. Transmitted live on March 14, 2015.

on July 05, 2020 at 5:23 PM
Rusalka Rusalka

A 2018 production from Des Moines Opera featuring Sara Gartland, Jill Grove and Zachary James.

on July 05, 2020 at 12:51 PM
Don Pasquale Don Pasquale

Beverly Sills‘ one and only Met telecast: Don Pasquale in the company of Alfredo Kraus, Håkan Hagegård and Gabriel Bacquier. Transmitted live on January 11, 1979.

on July 04, 2020 at 5:17 PM
Susannah Susannah

Soprano Patricia Racette stars in director Michael Cavanagh’s haunting vision of this uniquely American tragedy, with conducting from Karen Kamensek.

on July 04, 2020 at 11:43 AM
Don Giovanni Don Giovanni

As an alternative to the Met’s abysmal production, let’s watch Peter Mattei and Malin Byström star in a socially distanced studio performance from 2020.

on July 03, 2020 at 4:50 PM
Die Liebe der Danaë Die Liebe der Danaë

The “unjustly neglected late opera by Richard Strauss” (but aren’t they all?) as performed by the American Symphony Orchestra.

on July 03, 2020 at 12:00 PM
Carmen Carmen

Starring Anita Hartig, Anita Rachvelishvili, Aleksandrs Antonenko and Ildar Abdrazakov; conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado. Transmitted live on November 1, 2014.

on July 02, 2020 at 6:13 PM
Lucio Silla Lucio Silla

“Echoing the twilight and melancholy pages of the score, director Tobias Kratzer draws on gothic and contemporary imagery from film and television.”

on July 02, 2020 at 12:00 PM
The Nose The Nose

Starring Andrey Popov, Alexander Lewis and Paulo Szot; conducted by Pavel Smelkov. Transmitted live on October 26, 2013.

on July 01, 2020 at 5:30 PM
Going the distance Going the distance

Opening tonight at the Teatro Real in Madrid, a staged but socially distanced version of La traviata.

on July 01, 2020 at 2:21 PM
Lucia di Lammermoor Lucia di Lammermoor

Lisette Oropesa, Javier Camarena and Artur Rucinski star in this performance from the Teatro Real, Madrid.

on July 01, 2020 at 12:00 PM
Prodigal sun Prodigal sun

June on parterre box was a month of Egyptian sun gods and some very enthusiastic video watching.

on July 01, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Die Walküre Die Walküre

Starring Hildegard Behrens, Jessye Norman, Christa Ludwig, Gary Lakes, James Morris and Kurt Moll; conducted by James Levine. From April 8, 1989 at the Metropolitan Opera.

on June 30, 2020 at 4:57 PM
“I’m not alone, I’m free” “I’m not alone, I’m free”

Born on this day in 1917 songstress and activist Lena Horne.

on June 30, 2020 at 8:00 AM
La Fille du Régiment La Fille du Régiment

Starring Pretty Yende, Stephanie Blythe, Kathleen Turner, Javier Camarena, and Maurizio Muraro; conducted by Enrique Mazzola. Transmitted live on March 2, 2019.

on June 29, 2020 at 5:59 PM
I puritani I puritani

A streaming performance of Bellini’s melodrama from the Staatsoper Stuttgart.

on June 29, 2020 at 12:09 PM
Die Zauberflöte Die Zauberflöte

Starring Golda Schultz, Kathryn Lewek, Charles Castronovo, Markus Werba, Christian Van Horn and René Pape; conducted by James Levine. Transmitted live on October 14, 2017.

on June 28, 2020 at 6:03 PM
Manon Lescaut Manon Lescaut

Kristine Opolais and Jonas Kaufmann star in this telecast from the Bayerische Staatsoper on July 31, 2015.

on June 28, 2020 at 1:20 PM
Cendrillon Cendrillon

Starring Kathleen Kim, Joyce DiDonato, Alice Coote and Stephanie Blythe; conducted by Bertrand de Billy. Transmitted live on April 28, 2018.

on June 27, 2020 at 5:58 PM
Lohengrin Lohengrin

Christian Thielemann conducts Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczala, Tomasz Konieczny, Georg Zeppenfeld and Evelyn Herlitzius.

on June 27, 2020 at 12:01 PM
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