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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.”



The Grand Tour

Courtesy of “Fantastic Man | Polaroid of PerfectionShyam Bhatt (not pictured), a “quite impartial, not quite chronological guide through opera from Monteverdi to John Adams.”  Read more »

parterre saturday afternoon: Otello

For the return of parterre saturday afternoon at 2:00 PM, Our Own JJ salutes soprano Aprile Millo, who will be making her London recital debut on Tuesday. The live recording we’ll be hearing is an Otello from 1988 in which The Divine Miss Millo shares the stage with Vladimir Atlantov and Renato BrusonRead more »

Paris mismatch

Now that Diana Damrau has withdrawn from Les Huguenots at the Opéra de Paris (and congratulations to Lisette Oropesa, who is jumping in to make her role debut as Queen Marguerite!), La Cieca is almost certain that Damrau will not appear at the Met this fall for the scheduled new production of La traviata. After the jump, a prediction of how this snafu may be resolved.  Read more »

Aretha Franklin 1942 – 2018

The Queen of Soul has died.

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Poison of interest

As our Trove Thursday creator Chris Corwin takes a well-deserved week off, La Cieca brings you one from the vaults.

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Broadcast: Netrebko/Eyvazov concert

Live from the Teatro Colon, a concert of Italian opera favorites performed by Anna Netrebko, Yusif Eyvazov and Jader Bignamini.

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All the feels

“And as I thought about it, I couldn’t help wondering: when did Alex Ross become Carrie Bradshaw?”

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Broadcast: Vanessa

Live from the Glyndebourne Festival starting at 1:30 this afternoon: a telecast of that campest of all camp operas, Vanessa.

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