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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.”



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“Hadrian leans mournfully against the sarcophagus containing Antinous’s body as five male dancers in G-strings stand statuesque in the background.” [New York Times]

LOC strike ends!

Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Chicago Federation of Musicians Local #10-208 (CFM) (not pictured) announced today that they have reached a multi-year labor agreement extending through the 2020/21 season, according to a press release from LOC.

“Of all creatures that can feel and think, we women are the worst treated things alive”

Sonya Yoncheva dons the mantle of Cherubini’s Médée this afternoon at 1:05 PM for a live broadcast from the Staatsoper Berlin. (Photo: Bernd Uhlig)

Is American cultural criticism doomed?

La Cieca made up her mind she really must try refute Terry Teachout‘s rant against contemporary opera at the Met.

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Broadcast: La fanciulla del West

Before the advent of Jonas Kaufmann next week, Yusif Eyvazov sings his final (scheduled) Dick Johnson of the Met season tonight,streaming live starting at 7:25.

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Another opening, another Jonas

The seventh season of STAATSOPER.TV’s free live streams begins Sunday, December 2 with Otello from the Bayerische Staatsoper featuring Jonas Kaufmann, Anja Harteros and Gerald Finley.

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Happy National Coming Out Day

“Love is love,” tweets tenor Michael Fabiano.

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Serial duchess

Kathleen Turner will join the cast of Donizetti’s comedy La Fille du Régiment at the Metropolitan Opera February 7–March 2.

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