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.


Eugene Onegin Eugene Onegin

The Met kicks off “Stars in Signature Roles” week with Renée Fleming and Dmitri Hvorostovsky from February 24, 2007.

on November 30, 2020 at 4:00 PM
La bohème La bohème

Jonas Kaufmann and Rachel Willis-Sørensen star in a staged streaming-only performance from the Bayerische Staatsoper.

on November 30, 2020 at 12:00 PM
Simon Boccanegra Simon Boccanegra

Starring Kiri Te Kanawa, Plácido Domingo, Vladimir Chernov, and Robert Lloyd, conducted by James Levine. From January 26, 1995.

on November 29, 2020 at 5:48 PM
Die Walküre Die Walküre

Starring Christine Goerke, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Jamie Barton, Stuart Skelton, Greer Grimsley, and Günther Groissböck, conducted by Philippe Jordan. From March 30, 2019.

on November 28, 2020 at 4:41 PM
Ariodante Ariodante

Continuing its celebration of the operas Handel wrote for Covent Garden, The Royal Opera presents Ariodante in concert.

on November 28, 2020 at 1:17 PM
Lucia di Lammermoor Lucia di Lammermoor

Starring Natalie Dessay, Joseph Calleja, Ludovic Tézier, and Kwangchul Youn, conducted by Patrick Summers. From March 19, 2011.

on November 27, 2020 at 5:30 PM
Left to your own devices Left to your own devices

La Cieca (pictured) wishes her cher public a sensible and safe “Cyber Monday” shopping experience!

on November 26, 2020 at 10:03 PM
Elektra Elektra

Starring Nina Stemme, Adrianne Pieczonka, Waltraud Meier, and Eric Owens, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. From April 30, 2016.

on November 26, 2020 at 6:03 PM
Hamlet Hamlet

Starring Marlis Petersen, Jennifer Larmore, Simon Keenlyside, and James Morris, conducted by Louis Langrée. From March 27, 2010.

on November 25, 2020 at 6:12 PM
Die Frau ohne Schatten Die Frau ohne Schatten

Conductor: Christian Thielemann; Director: Vincent Huguet; With: Stephen Gould, Camilla Nylund, Evelyn Herlitzius, Sebastian Holecek, Wolfgang Koch, Nina Stemme, Maria Nazarova.

on November 25, 2020 at 11:53 AM
“I am yesterday, and today, and tomorrow” “I am yesterday, and today, and tomorrow”

Born on this day in 1900 actress and politician Helen Gahagan Douglas.

on November 25, 2020 at 11:47 AM
Marnie Marnie

Starring Isabel Leonard, Iestyn Davies and Christopher Maltman, conducted by Roberto Spano. From November 10, 2018.

on November 24, 2020 at 5:56 PM
Sonya or later Sonya or later

“The Met Stars Live in Concert performance featuring soprano Sonya Yoncheva, which was rescheduled for this Saturday, November 28, has now been moved to Saturday, February 27, 2021, as Ms. Yoncheva is still ill (with a non-Covid illness).” Thus speaks the Met’s press department.

on November 24, 2020 at 3:19 PM
Il Trovatore Il Trovatore

Starring Sondra Radvanovsky, Dolora Zajick, Marcelo Álvarez and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, conducted by Marco Armiliato.

on November 23, 2020 at 5:23 PM
Elektra Elektra

From the Vienna State Opera: Franz Welser-Möst leads Doris Soffel, Ricarda Merbeth, Camilla Nylund, Jörg Schneider, Derek Welton and Marcus Pelz.

on November 23, 2020 at 12:00 PM
Don Carlos Don Carlos

The full five-act “Paris” version, in French, features Michele Pertusi, Jonas Kaufmann, Igor Golovatenko, Roberto Scandiuzzi, Malin Byström and Eve-Maud Hubeaux. Conducted by Bertrand de Billy at the Vienna State Opera.

on November 22, 2020 at 5:20 PM
Rigoletto Rigoletto

Zeljko Lucic and Aleksandra Kurzak star in Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto, conducted by renowned maestro Nicola Luisotti.

on November 22, 2020 at 12:05 PM
“Well, who doesn’t play neurotic women?” “Well, who doesn’t play neurotic women?”

Born on this day in 1924 actress Geraldine Page.

on November 22, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Ariadne auf Naxos Ariadne auf Naxos

Lise Davidsen and Erin Morley star in this 2017 performance from the Vienna State Opera.

on November 21, 2020 at 12:18 PM
The Met offers a tradeoff The Met offers a tradeoff

The catch: Employees would have to agree to a 30 percent cut in pay, half of which would be restored once the Met’s box office returned to pre-pandemic levels.

on November 20, 2020 at 6:27 PM
Dialogues des Carmélites Dialogues des Carmélites

Starring Isabel Leonard, Adrianne Pieczonka and Karita Mattila, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. From May 11, 2019.

on November 20, 2020 at 5:58 PM
Der Rosenkavalier Der Rosenkavalier

From the Vienna State Opera: Carlos Kleiber conducts Felicity Lott, Kurt Moll, Anne Sofie von Otter, Gottfried Hornik, Barbara Bonney, Heinz Zednik and Waldemar Kmentt.

on November 20, 2020 at 11:25 AM
Virtual gala Virtual gala

Emanuel Ax, Anderson Cooper, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Katie Couric, Renée Fleming, David Foster, Josh Groban, John Lithgow, Kelli O’Hara, Stephen Sondheim, Emma Thompson and John Williams are among the special guests.

on November 19, 2020 at 5:30 PM
Les Troyens Les Troyens

From the Vienna State Opera: Alain Altinoglu leads Joyce DiDonato, Anna Caterina Antonacci, Adam Plachetka, Dominika Kovacs-Galavics, Amadeo D’Aleo, Tamara Dornelas, Brandon Jovanovich, Rachel Frenkel, Wolfram Igor Derntl, Alexandru Moisiuc and Peter Kellner.

on November 19, 2020 at 12:00 PM
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