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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. Currently he alternates his doyenne duties with writing a twice-weekly column on opera for the New York Observer. He also hosts the more or less weekly livecast “parterre saturday afternoon.”



Anna of the camellias

A 1994 role debut as Violetta. Read more »

The Advent of Anna

To celebrate the glorious day of December 31 when Anna Netrebko will perform her first Met Adriana Lecouvreur (and today, when she sings her debut Carnegie Hall recital), we introduce a daily feature celebrating her career thus far.  Read more »

Broadcast: Il Trittico

La Cieca invites the cher public (pictured) to hear and discuss this afternoon’s broadcast of Il trittico from the Met beginning at 12:30 PM. (Photo: Ken Howard)

Online of fire

“She defines ‘extra.'”

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Broadcast: La Traviata

For your listening and discussing pleasure, cher public: the opening night of the Met’s new Traviata.

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Source code

WQXR, the Metropolitan Opera, and WNYC Studios introduce Aria Code.

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Turkey lurkey time

Some less than stellar reviews dominate the top ten posts on parterre box for November 2018.

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And now a word from our sponsors

On this joyous day, La Cieca is delighted to salute the advertisers who make parterre box possible.

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