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.


Legendary Legendary

A scene from Les Contes d’Hoffmann with Michael Fabiano, which may or may not be seen soon at L’Opéra national de Paris.

on January 23, 2020 at 11:04 AM
Wozzeck Wozzeck

More Berg in the bleak midwinter.

on January 11, 2020 at 11:48 AM
La Traviata La Traviata

Verdi’s masterpiece returns to the Met tonight.

on January 10, 2020 at 4:50 PM
Der Rosenkavalier Der Rosenkavalier

Musical comedy on a gloomy Saturday afternoon.

on January 04, 2020 at 11:30 AM
The Great British Faking Show The Great British Faking Show

The Royal Opera House demonstrates it is “proud to have the values of inclusivity, internationalism and openness at its heart” …

on January 02, 2020 at 4:43 PM
I shall be released I shall be released

Happy Public Domain Day!

on January 01, 2020 at 1:25 PM
Days of future past Days of future past

What’s the biggest parterre box story of December 2019? Why, a look into the “Soaring 20s” at the Met!

on January 01, 2020 at 12:12 PM
New Year’s Eve Puccini Gala New Year’s Eve Puccini Gala

Cher public, let’s ring in the New Year in the most “Metropolitan Opera” way possible: lots of Puccini and extremely long intermissions!

on December 31, 2019 at 2:06 PM
The biggest scoops of the decade The biggest scoops of the decade

Get ready for a barrel of charm, a fabulous thrill as La Cieca (not pictured) proudly presents the the biggest little headlines on parterre box for the decade 2010-2019.

on December 31, 2019 at 12:54 PM
The Snow Queen The Snow Queen

From the Bayerische Staatsoper, a telecast of Hans Abrahamsen‘s The Snow Queen featuring Barbara Hannigan.

on December 28, 2019 at 12:40 PM
Wozzeck Wozzeck

Tonight’s listening experience: the premiere of a new Met production of Wozzeck.

on December 27, 2019 at 1:50 PM
Teen titans Teen titans

Of the hundreds of opera performances Our Own JJ (not pictured) attended in the 2010s he narrows it down to the ten most glittering highlights.

on December 25, 2019 at 1:05 PM
Macbeth Macbeth

A blast from the (recent) past on this afternoon’s Met broadcast.

on December 21, 2019 at 11:35 AM
Roaring 20s Roaring 20s

The entire Metropolitan Opera schedule for 2020-2021, in what looks like a fairly plausible form, has been leaked.

on December 20, 2019 at 4:29 PM
The Magic Flute The Magic Flute

“A beloved holiday tradition continues.”

on December 19, 2019 at 7:00 PM
The Queen of Spades The Queen of Spades

Three! Seven! Ace!

on December 14, 2019 at 12:24 PM
Der Rosenkavalier Der Rosenkavalier

The Strauss-Hofmannsthal sex comedy returns to the Met tonight at 7:00.

on December 13, 2019 at 1:20 PM
Sitting Pretti Sitting Pretti

The Metropolitan Opera today announces two cast changes for its forthcoming production of Verdi’s La Traviata, opening January 10, 2020. 

on December 12, 2019 at 6:15 PM
Orlando Orlando

The world premiere of Olga Neuwirth‘s opera in a live broadcast from the Vienna State Opera.

on December 08, 2019 at 1:58 PM
Tosca Tosca

The opening night of La Scala features a new production of Tosca featuring Anna Netrebko, Francesco Meli and Luca Salsi.

on December 07, 2019 at 9:00 AM
The Egyptian The Egyptian

Happy birthday to bass Zachary James.

on December 07, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Baton passed Baton passed

Eun Sun Kim has been appointed the Caroline H. Hume Music Director of San Francisco Opera, effective August 1, 2021.

on December 05, 2019 at 5:22 PM
The Queen of Spades The Queen of Spades

A second broadcast of the Met’s winter sleeper hit!

on December 05, 2019 at 4:28 PM
Grigolo gone Grigolo gone

Star tenor Vittorio Grigolo has been dismissed from the Met.

on December 05, 2019 at 10:56 AM
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