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.


Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

From the 2017 Bayreuth Festival, Barrie Kosky’s Die Meistersinger, conducted by Philippe Jordan.

on July 26, 2021 at 4:05 PM
Un Ballo in Maschera Un Ballo in Maschera

The final presentation of the Met’s Nightly Opera Streams features Sondra Radvanovsky, Kathleen Kim, Stephanie Blythe, Marcelo Álvarez, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, conducted by Fabio Luisi. Production by David Alden. From December 8, 2012.

on July 25, 2021 at 2:35 PM
Der Fliegende Holländer Der Fliegende Holländer

Live from the 2021 Bayreuth Festival, featuring Asmik Grigorian and John Lundgren, conducted by Oksana Lyniv.

on July 25, 2021 at 11:40 AM
Il Trovatore Il Trovatore

Starring Anna Netrebko, Dolora Zajick, Yonghoon Lee, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, conducted by Marco Armiliato. Production by David McVicar. From October 3, 2015.

on July 24, 2021 at 6:08 PM
Idomeneo Idomeneo

With Matthew Polenzani, Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, Olga Kulchynska, Emily D’Angelo and Martin Mitterrutzner.

on July 24, 2021 at 11:55 AM
The stars burned brightly The stars burned brightly

Born on this day in 1921 tenor Giuseppe Di Stefano.

on July 24, 2021 at 11:41 AM
La Fille du Régiment La Fille du Régiment

Starring Natalie Dessay, Felicity Palmer, Juan Diego Flórez, and Alessandro Corbelli, conducted by Marco Armiliato. Production by Laurent Pelly. From April 26, 2008.

on July 23, 2021 at 6:59 PM
Les Contes d’Hoffmann Les Contes d’Hoffmann

Starring Erin Morley, Hibla Gerzmava, Kate Lindsey, Christine Rice, V______ G______, and Thomas Hampson, conducted by Yves Abel. Production by Bartlett Sher. From January 31, 2015.

on July 22, 2021 at 6:00 PM
Les Pêcheurs de Perles Les Pêcheurs de Perles

Starring Diana Damrau, Matthew Polenzani, Mariusz Kwiecien, and Nicolas Testé, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. Production by Penny Woolcock. From January 16, 2016.

on July 21, 2021 at 5:57 PM
Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci

Starring Tatiana Troyanos, Jean Kraft, P______ D______, and Vern Shinall; Teresa Stratas, P______ D______, Sherrill Milnes, and Allan Monk, conducted by J____ L_____. Production by Franco Zeffirelli. From April 5, 1978.

on July 20, 2021 at 6:09 PM
Le nozze di Figaro Le nozze di Figaro

Starring Renée Fleming, Cecilia Bartoli, Susanne Mentzer, Dwayne Croft, and Bryn Terfel, conducted by J____ L_____. Production by Jonathan Miller. From November 11, 1998.

on July 19, 2021 at 6:24 PM
Like a bird Like a bird

Born on this day in 1868 socialite and soprano Florence Foster Jenkins.

on July 19, 2021 at 10:33 AM
Turandot Turandot

Starring Nina Stemme, Anita Hartig, Marco Berti, and Alexander Tsymbalyuk, conducted by Paolo Carignani. Production by Franco Zeffirelli. From January 30, 2016.

on July 18, 2021 at 4:13 PM
Semiramide Semiramide

In tribute to the late Graham Vick, a full-scale production of Rossini’s opera seria from the 2019 Pesaro Festival.

on July 18, 2021 at 9:49 AM
Could it be the devil in me? Could it be the devil in me?

Born on this day in 1941 R&B singer Martha Reeves.

on July 18, 2021 at 8:54 AM
La Rondine La Rondine

Starring Angela Gheorghiu, Lisette Oropesa, Roberto Alagna, Marius Brenciu, and Samuel Ramey, conducted by Marco Armiliato. Production by Nicolas Joël. From January 10, 2009.

on July 17, 2021 at 6:00 PM
Les Troyens Les Troyens

Susan Graham, Bryan Hymel and Anna Caterina Antonacci star in this production from San Francisco Opera.

on July 17, 2021 at 10:00 AM
La fanciulla del West La fanciulla del West

Starring Barbara Daniels, P______ D______, and Sherrill Milnes, conducted by Leonard Slatkin. Production by Giancarlo Del Monaco. From April 8, 1992.

on July 16, 2021 at 7:28 PM
Madama Butterfly Madama Butterfly

Starring Hui He, Elizabeth DeShong, Bruce Sledge, and Paulo Szot, conducted by Pier Giorgio Morandi. Production by Anthony Minghella. From November 9, 2019.

on July 15, 2021 at 5:15 PM
‘Cries’ baby ‘Cries’ baby

Should the new John Corigliano / Mark Adamo opera The Lord of Cries be renamed The Lord of Crisis?

on July 15, 2021 at 8:14 AM
Tosca Tosca

Starring Shirley Verrett, Luciano Pavarotti, and Cornell MacNeil, conducted by James Conlon. From December 19, 1978.

on July 14, 2021 at 5:30 PM
La Bohème La Bohème

Starring Renata Scotto, Maralin Niska, Luciano Pavarotti, Ingvar Wixell, and Paul Plishka, conducted by J____ L_____. Production by Fabrizio Melano. From March 15, 1977.

on July 13, 2021 at 5:14 PM
Something for everyone Something for everyone

Born on this day in 1913 Broadway’s go-to character actress Despo.

on July 13, 2021 at 4:34 AM
Soft opening Soft opening

As the Met gears up for its first performances in a year and a half. the company is already canceling shows in the early fall.

on July 13, 2021 at 12:22 AM
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