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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.”

Nothing sacred

It is indeed tragic when an ignorant mass of plebes like the opera public openly scoff at the venerated Western Enlightenment standard of Trial by Headline. [Washington Post]

New face

Born on this day in 1923 actress and singer Alice Ghostley. Read more »

Agreeing to disagree

“One of the most closely watched #MeToo-related legal battles in classical music — pitting the eminent conductor James Levine against the Metropolitan Opera, which fired him in 2018 amid accusations of sexual misconduct — came to an inconclusive end on Tuesday, when the two sides announced that they had quietly settled their claims against each other.” [New York Times]

Carefully tautological


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No questions asked

Anna Netrebko has canceled her Bayreuth debut this summer.

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Broadcast: Die Zauberflöte

The Glyndebourne Festival production of Mozart’s comic saga is telecast beginning at 12:30 PM New York time.

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Broadcast: Verdi vs. Verdi

It’s the cher public’s choice of two Verdian opera this afternoon!

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Neither pure nor wise nor good

What better way to mark the passing of the monumental Hal Prince?

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