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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.”



Ye shall know them by their fruits

Quite an eye-opener from the Staatsoper Stuttgart this morning at 11:00 AM: a live video stream of Prokofiev’s Love of Three Oranges! Player and discussion are after the jump. Read more »

Broadcast: La clemenza di Tito

All roads lead to Rome this afternoon at 1:00 PM. (Photo: Richard Termine / Met Opera)

Das ist Charfreitag’s-Zauber, Herr

La Cieca is happy to invite the cher public to ponder a complete performance of Wagner’s Parsifal (Berlin, 2015) after the jump. Read more »

Billy Budd, queen of the birds

The pretty boy who got a bum rap.

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Broadcast: La traviata

Will tonight’s Met broadcast (at 8:00 PM) be croce or delizia?

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Next, a rant about lazy good-for-nothing Millennials

“It has left older generations feeling they deserve the same treatment…”

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Slow curtain

On this day in 2016, James Levine announced his retirement as Music Director of the Metropolitan Opera to become music director emeritus.

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Broadcast: Siegfried

Good morning, good morning!

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