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 fanciulla del West La fanciulla del West

The Met’s 100th anniversary revival of the Puccini western.

on April 07, 2020 at 5:11 PM
Guillaume Tell Guillaume Tell

Nicola Alaimo, Juan Diego Flórez and Marina Rebeka star in a production from the Pesaro Rossini Festival in 2013.

on April 07, 2020 at 12:00 PM
Aida Aida

Anna Netrebko and Anita Rachvelishvili are rival princesses in the Met’s Live in HD.

on April 06, 2020 at 5:22 PM
The Tale of Tsar Saltan The Tale of Tsar Saltan

A rare revival of Rimsky-Korsakov’s fanciful opera from La Monnaie.

on April 06, 2020 at 12:00 PM
Norma Norma

Bellini’s bel canto tragedy starring Sondra Radvanovsky, Joyce DiDonato, Joseph Calleja and Matthew Rose, conducted by Carlo Rizzi.

on April 05, 2020 at 5:30 PM
Macbeth Macbeth

Verdi’s melodrama stars Anna Netrebko, Joseph Calleja, Zeljko Lucic and René Pape, conducted by Fabio Luisi.

on April 04, 2020 at 5:06 PM
Il turco in Italia Il turco in Italia

The Rossini dramma buffo performed at La Scala features Rosa Feola as Donna Fiorilla.

on April 04, 2020 at 12:53 PM
The Mother of Us All The Mother of Us All

That most American of all operas, as performed in February by the Metropolitan Museum in collaboration with The Juilliard School and the New York Philharmonic.

on April 03, 2020 at 5:23 PM
Das Wunder der Heliane Das Wunder der Heliane

Opera in Exile veers off on a temporary tangent today, programming two fringe/niche works.

on April 03, 2020 at 12:00 PM
History come to life History come to life

On this day in 1975 soprano Magda Olivero made her legendary Metropolitan Opera debut as Tosca.

on April 03, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Don Carlo Don Carlo

Intrigue in the Spanish court with Marina Poplavskaya, Roberto Alagna, Simon Keenlyside and Ferruccio Furlanetto, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

on April 02, 2020 at 6:06 PM
Il pirata Il pirata

What could be more appropriate for Opera in Exile than a production that never happened?

on April 02, 2020 at 11:16 AM
Nixon in China Nixon in China

Making history at the Met with John Adams and Peter Sellars.

on April 01, 2020 at 5:35 PM
From a social distance From a social distance

Naturally the top ten posts on parterre box for the month of March focused on the encroaching menace of COVID-19.

on April 01, 2020 at 2:25 PM
Die Frau ohne Schatten Die Frau ohne Schatten

A spectacular production of Richard Strauss‘s enigmatic masterpiece from the Vienna State Opera.

on April 01, 2020 at 12:10 PM
Happy April 1! Happy April 1!

This afternoon’s “Opera in Exile” features a live recording of Fedora with Franco Corelli and Maria Callas.

on April 01, 2020 at 12:01 AM
Il barbiere di Siviglia Il barbiere di Siviglia

From the first season of Live in HD, Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Flórez and Peter Mattei star.

on March 31, 2020 at 6:14 PM
Rare bird Rare bird

Happy 68th birthday soprano Nelly Miricioiu.

on March 31, 2020 at 2:43 PM
L’elisir d’amore L’elisir d’amore

More repertoire from the Vienna State Opera.

on March 31, 2020 at 1:52 PM
Dialogues des Carmélites Dialogues des Carmélites

Last season’s stunning Met revival of the Poulenc classic.

on March 30, 2020 at 5:30 PM
The Tsar’s Bride The Tsar’s Bride

Dmitri Tcherniakov‘s eerie production of the Rimsky-Korsakov romance is performed by the Staatsoper Unter den Linden.

on March 30, 2020 at 12:44 PM
Tannhäuser Tannhäuser

Eva-Maria Westbroek, Michelle DeYoung, Johan Botha, Peter Mattei and Gunther Groissböck star in Wagner’s romantic opera.

on March 29, 2020 at 6:03 PM
Don Giovanni Don Giovanni

Ivo van Hove‘s production of the Mozart opera, as seen at the Opéra national de Paris.

on March 29, 2020 at 12:00 PM
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Annette Dasch, Johan Botha and Michael Volle, conducted by James Levine headline this performance from 2014.

on March 28, 2020 at 5:01 PM
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