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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.”



Broadcast: I Masnadieri

The opening night of a new production of Verdi’s opera (plus Lisette Oropesa‘s La Scala debut!) will be broadcast live starting at 2:00 PM.

Franco Zeffirelli 1923-2019

The legendary opera and film director has died. He was 96. Read more »

Photo finish

“Opera has long been held up as an art form whose plots and productions operate in a realm that floats above reality. In an age, however, where reality has a tighter grip on us, artists must at least be tethered to some amount of demonstrable empathy lest they risk the perception of solipsism.” [Van Magazine]

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“Short but straight backed, with broad shoulders and a broad smile, and equipped with marble arms whose contours are visible through his tailored black shirt, he communicates flexibility and easy control.” (Photo: Jonathan Tichler)

What moments divine, what rapture serene

Born on this day in 1891 composer Cole Porter.

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Broadcast: La Gioconda

A performance from the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona

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Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a Damnation

The Met press office has just confirmed that the company’s 2020 revival of La Damnation de Faust has been converted into four concert performances January 25 – February 8.

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Pubies come out first

Friend, Romans and Rosa Feola fans, presenting your top ten parterre box posts for the lusty month of May!

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