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.


Luisa Miller Luisa Miller

Starring Sonya Yoncheva, Olesya Petrova, Piotr Beczala, Plácido Domingo, Alexander Vinogradov, and Dmitry Belosselskiy, conducted by Bertrand de Billy. Production by Elijah Moshinsky. From April 14, 2018.

on April 11, 2021 at 5:51 PM
Roméo et Juliette Roméo et Juliette

Starring Anna Netrebko, Roberto Alagna, Nathan Gunn, and Robert Lloyd, conducted by Plácido Domingo. Production by Guy Joosten. From December 15, 2007.

on April 10, 2021 at 5:01 PM
La Bohème La Bohème

Performance from October 2, 2017: Alexander Soddy conducts Angel Blue (Mimì), Brigitte Kele (Musetta), Dmytro Popov (Rodolfo), Lucas Meachem (Marcello), Duncan Rock (Schaunard), David Soar (Colline), Paul Plishka (Benoit/Alcindoro).

on April 10, 2021 at 11:19 AM
The Nose The Nose

Starring Andrey Popov, Alexander Lewis, and Paulo Szot, conducted by Pavel Smelkov. Production by William Kentridge. From October 26, 2013.

on April 09, 2021 at 5:55 PM
Pelléas et Mélisande Pelléas et Mélisande

Recorded in March 2021. New production of the Opéra de Lille.

on April 09, 2021 at 9:58 AM
Francesca da Rimini Francesca da Rimini

Starring Renata Scotto, Plácido Domingo, and Cornell MacNeil, conducted by James Levine. Production by Piero Faggioni. From April 7, 1984.

on April 08, 2021 at 5:27 PM
Who wants to ‘Live’ forever? Who wants to ‘Live’ forever?

The Metropolitan Opera announces two further concerts in the Met Stars Live in Concert series.

on April 08, 2021 at 2:24 PM
Ice queen Ice queen

Born on this day in 1912 actress and Olympian Sonja Henie.

on April 08, 2021 at 8:00 AM
Eugene Onegin Eugene Onegin

Starring Anna Netrebko, Elena Maximova, Alexey Dolgov, Peter Mattei, and Stefan Kocan, conducted by Robin Ticciati. Production by Deborah Warner. From April 22, 2017.

on April 07, 2021 at 6:02 PM
Our god is an awesome god Our god is an awesome god

Our Own Henson Keys will make his opera debut in the role of Wotan in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Twilight: Gods, directed by Yuval Sharon and starring Christine Goerke.

on April 07, 2021 at 4:51 PM
Fidelio Fidelio

Peter Schneider conducts Klaus Florian Vogt, Anja Kampe, Evgeny Nikitin and Stephen Milling.

on April 07, 2021 at 10:00 AM
Rigoletto Rigoletto

Streaming and discussion begin at 7:30 PM. Photo: Met Archives

on April 06, 2021 at 5:43 PM
Faust Faust

Starring Marina Poplavskaya, Jonas Kaufmann, and René Pape, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Production by Des McAnuff. From December 10, 2011.

on April 05, 2021 at 5:30 PM
Tristan und Isolde Tristan und Isolde

Starring Nina Stemme, Ekaterina Gubanova, Stuart Skelton, Evgeny Nikitin, and René Pape, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. Production by Mariusz Trelinski. From October 8, 2016.

on April 04, 2021 at 6:15 PM
One more kiss One more kiss

Without attempting to rival The New York Times’ enormous celebratory package, your doyenne lauds the golden anniversary of the Broadway opening night of the seminal musical Follies with a selection of parterre box and parterre box-adjacent pieces devoted to this gorgeous monster of a show.

on April 04, 2021 at 1:14 PM
If you can find me, I’m here If you can find me, I’m here

Born on this day in 1932 actor Anthony Perkins.

on April 04, 2021 at 8:00 AM
L’Elisir d’Amore L’Elisir d’Amore

Starring Anna Netrebko, Matthew Polenzani, Mariusz Kwiecien and Ambrogio Maestri, conducted by Maurizio Benini. Production by Bartlett Sher. From October 13, 2012.

on April 03, 2021 at 5:30 PM
Rusalka Rusalka

Performance from February 8, 2014: Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Renée Fleming (Rusalka), Emily Magee (Foreign Princess), Dolora Zajick (Jezibaba), Piotr Beczala (Prince), John Relyea (Water Gnome).

on April 03, 2021 at 12:40 PM
Werther Werther

Starring Lisette Oropesa, Sophie Koch, Jonas Kaufmann, and David Bizic, conducted by Alain Altinoglu. Production by Sir Richard Eyre. From March 15, 2013.

on April 02, 2021 at 5:31 PM
Parsifal Parsifal

Daniel Barenboim conducts Andreas Schager, Matthias Hölle, René Pape, Wolfgang Koch and Anja Kampe. Directed by Dmitri Tcherniakov. Recorded at Berlin State Opera, Unter den Linden.

on April 02, 2021 at 10:00 AM
Il Trovatore Il Trovatore

Starring Eva Marton, Dolora Zajick, Luciano Pavarotti, Sherrill Milnes, and Jeffrey Wells, conducted by James Levine. Production by Fabrizio Melano. From October 15, 1988.

on April 01, 2021 at 6:16 PM
Le nozze di Figaro Le nozze di Figaro

A new production streamed from the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, directed by Vincent Huguet and conducted by Daniel Barenboim.

on April 01, 2021 at 9:00 AM
Roberto Devereux Roberto Devereux

Starring Sondra Radvanovsky, Elina Garanca, Matthew Polenzani, and Mariusz Kwiecien, conducted by Maurizio Benini. Production by Sir David McVicar. From April 16, 2016.

on March 31, 2021 at 5:13 PM
Pasticcio, une revue musicale Pasticcio, une revue musicale

Lea Desandre and Jakub Józef Orlinski sing Jean-Philippe Rameau, Giulio Caccini, Henry Purcell, Georg Friedrich Haendel, Thomas Dunford, Reynaldo Hahn, Cole Porter and more.

on March 31, 2021 at 1:00 PM
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