Cher Public

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. He is the co-creator, writer and occasional wig stylist for “The Dozen Divas,” the long-running cabaret show starring the ineffable Dorothy Bishop. Currently he alternates his doyenne duties with writing a twice-weekly column on opera for the New York Observer.



“Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living”

Having dismissed the above quotation from Dr. Seuss, legendary crank maestro Riccardo Muti has announced his appointment as honorary president of Against Modern Opera Productions.

Transience

New York City Opera has announced a search for “a transgender singer with a treble voice” to create the role of a transgender character in the opera Stonewall. The casting notice adds that “the singer will collaborate closely with composer Iain Bell on the role.” Read more »

“The poor didn’t want this one”

Perhaps someone should remind Kristine Opolais that Mimì in La bohème works in the garment industry. Read more »

The queen’s speech

Legendary diva and long-time friend of parterre box Aprile Millo offers a gracious and witty speech in acceptance of the Verdi d’Oro Prize in Busseto.

Read more »

parterre saturday afternoon: Beverly Sills in concert

This afternoon’s program (beginning at 2:00 PM sharp) offers the ebullient diva at her peak in 1969-1972, in music by Mozart, R. Strauss and Meyerbeer.

Read more »

Paper chase

This exciting trailer for The Consul makes your doyenne feel downright blue she’s not making the trek to Opera Saratoga this summer.

Read more »

Libertine and justice for all

The well-reviewed revival of Don Giovanni from the Royal Opera House will be livecast at 2:00 PM EDT.

Read more »

Filling in

While America’s Diva is off singing gala concerts from Mobile to East Lansing, who will take over the role of Nettie Fowler?

Read more »