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.


Falstaff Falstaff

Starring Mirella Freni, Barbara Bonney, Marilyn Horne, Bruno Pola and Paul Plishka, conducted by James Levine. From October 10, 1992.

on July 24, 2020 at 4:45 PM
“The story always moved me more than the music” “The story always moved me more than the music”

Born on this day in 1921 tenor Giuseppe di Stefano.

on July 24, 2020 at 9:38 AM
Roméo et Juliette Roméo et Juliette

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

on July 23, 2020 at 5:19 PM
Live with Carnegie Hall: Audra McDonald Live with Carnegie Hall: Audra McDonald

The acclaimed singer and actress is joined by musical director Andy Einhorn for a varied selection of songs, as well as a conversation with CBS Sunday Morning correspondent Mo Rocca about the role of artistic expression in times of social change.

on July 23, 2020 at 12:00 PM
Book of dreams Book of dreams

Christie’s is auctioning nearly 300 scores once owned by Maria Callas

on July 22, 2020 at 10:15 PM
Macbeth Macbeth

Starring Maria Guleghina, Dimitri Pittas, Zeljko Lucic and John Relyea, conducted by James Levine. From January 12, 2008.

on July 22, 2020 at 5:23 PM
Take the long way homo Take the long way homo

“The worst public in the opera are these obsessed gays. . . . All these rich guys with nothing to do in their life, just following Anna Netrebko or Jonas Kaufmann on all continents. This is not a real audience for me.”

on July 22, 2020 at 8:24 AM
Lady of the camellias Lady of the camellias

Born on this day in 1909 soprano Licia Albanese.

on July 22, 2020 at 7:57 AM
Tannhaüser Tannhaüser

Starring Éva Marton, Tatiana Troyanos, Richard Cassilly Bernd Weikl and John Macurdy. Conducted by James Levine. From December 20, 1982.

on July 21, 2020 at 4:02 PM
Siegfried Siegfried

Part three of the Ring from Stuttgart kicks off a Wagner double header today.

on July 21, 2020 at 9:45 AM
Prima donna al fresco: integrale! Prima donna al fresco: integrale!

As revealed in a complete recording which appeared this morning, Anna Netrebko was in fine form in Naples at the anteprima of Tosca at the Piazza del Plebiscito.

on July 20, 2020 at 5:24 PM
Il barbiere di Siviglia Il barbiere di Siviglia

Lawrence Brownlee as Count Almamiva, Christopher Maltman as Figaro and Isabel Leonard as Rosina.

on July 20, 2020 at 5:03 PM
La bohème La bohème

The most-performed production in Met history, as seen in its debut season, starring Teresa Stratas, José Carreras, Renata Scotto and James Morris.

on July 19, 2020 at 5:14 PM
Le Comte Ory Le Comte Ory

Broadcast of a 2014 production by Des Moines Metro Opera.

on July 19, 2020 at 1:25 PM
Le nozze di Figaro Le nozze di Figaro

Starring Amanda Majeski, Marlis Petersen, Isabel Leonard, Peter Mattei and Ildar Abdrazakov, conducted by James Levine. From October 18, 2014.

on July 18, 2020 at 3:58 PM
Jonas Kaufmann Live in Concert Jonas Kaufmann Live in Concert

“Superstar tenor Jonas Kaufmann sings 12 of the most popular, show-stopping arias in the operatic repertoire, live from the ornate Polling Abbey located in the rolling Bavarian countryside outside Munich, Germany.”

on July 18, 2020 at 12:17 PM
She writes the songs She writes the songs

Born on this day in 1821 mezzo-soprano and composer Pauline Viardot-Garcia.

on July 18, 2020 at 8:00 AM
La Cenerentola La Cenerentola

Starring Elina Garanca and Lawrence Brownlee, conducted by Maurizio Benini. From May 9, 2009.

on July 17, 2020 at 5:30 PM
Faust Faust

“Disillusioned with life, the aged philosopher Faust calls upon Satan to help him.” Production by David McVicar.

on July 17, 2020 at 12:00 PM
I could go on singing I could go on singing

Born on this day in 1914 soprano Eleanor Steber.

on July 17, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Wozzeck Wozzeck

This William Kentridge production stars Elza van den Heever, Gerhard Siegel, Peter Mattei and Christian van Horn, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. From January 11, 2020.

on July 16, 2020 at 5:55 PM
Rigoletto Rigoletto

Roberto Frontali (Rigoletto), Ayón Rivas (Duca di Mantova), Rosa Feola (Gilda), Riccardo Zanellato (Sparafucile); Sul podio Daniele Gatti, regia di Damiano Michieletto.

on July 16, 2020 at 1:31 PM
Make up your mind! Make up your mind!

Born on this day in 1911 singer, dancer and actress Ginger Rogers.

on July 16, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Turandot Turandot

Starring Maria Guleghina, Marina Poplavskaya, Marcello Giordani and Samuel Ramey, conducted by Andris Nelsons. From November 7, 2009.

on July 15, 2020 at 5:35 PM
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