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.


Le Comte Ory Le Comte Ory

Starring Diana Damrau, Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez; conducted by Maurizio Benini. From April 9, 2011.

on September 15, 2020 at 6:02 PM
Il Giuramento Il Giuramento

The operas of Saverio Mercadante are often said to be among those 19th century Italian works most worthy of revival; in case you’ve never heard one, judge for yourself with a 1974 broadcast of his best-known work, Il Giuramento, with Annabelle Bernard, Agnes Baltsa, José Carreras and Robert Kerns.

on September 15, 2020 at 12:44 PM
Don Pasquale Don Pasquale

Starring Anna Netrebko, Matthew Polenzani, Mariusz Kwiecien and John Del Carlo; conducted by James Levine. From November 13, 2010.

on September 14, 2020 at 4:59 PM
La Vestale La Vestale

“Several prima donnas have sought to resurrect La Vestale, including Renata Scotto.”

on September 14, 2020 at 12:12 PM
Werther Werther

Starring Lisette Oropesa, Sophie Koch, Jonas Kaufmann, David Bizic and Jonathan Summers, conducted by Alain Altinoglu. From March 15, 2014.

on September 13, 2020 at 6:14 PM
If I couldn’t laugh, I’d rather die If I couldn’t laugh, I’d rather die

Born on this day in 1903 actress Claudette Colbert.

on September 13, 2020 at 10:55 AM
Joyce DiDonato Live in Concert Joyce DiDonato Live in Concert

“American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato sings a program of alluring and acrobatic arias, accompanied by piano and chamber ensemble, in a unique venue—the converted Jahrhunderthalle in Germany’s Ruhr area.”

on September 12, 2020 at 11:00 AM
 Les Pêcheurs de Perles  Les Pêcheurs de Perles

Starring Diana Damrau, Matthew Polenzani, Mariusz Kwiecien and Nicolas Testé, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. From January 16, 2016.

on September 11, 2020 at 5:17 PM
La Dame Blanche La Dame Blanche

Renée Fleming takes on the title role of Boieldieu’s La Dame Blanche with Opera Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall.

on September 11, 2020 at 12:42 PM
Cendrillon Cendrillon

Starring Kathleen KimJoyce DiDonatoAlice Coote and Stephanie Blythe; conducted by Bertrand de Billy. Transmitted live on April 28, 2018.

on September 10, 2020 at 6:27 PM
Hérodiade Hérodiade

“Trove Thursday” presents the late great Belgian mezzo Rita Gorr parenting Régine Crespin.

on September 10, 2020 at 11:51 AM
Infection Infection

Tonight’s performance of Don Carlo at the Bolshoi Opera has been canceled because bass Ildar Abdrazakov has tested positive for COVID-19.

on September 10, 2020 at 9:06 AM
A successful designer must be a gambler A successful designer must be a gambler

Born on this day in 1890 designer Elsa Schiaparelli.

on September 10, 2020 at 8:00 AM
La Damnation de Faust La Damnation de Faust

Starring Susan Graham, Marcello Giordani and John Relyea, conducted by James Levine. From November 22, 2008.

on September 09, 2020 at 5:18 PM
Platée Platée

Jean-Paul Fouchécourt is an irresistibly self-absorbed sea-nymph in Rameau’s Platée which also features a dazzling star-turn by Mireille Delunsch as La Folie.

on September 09, 2020 at 11:39 AM
If we shadows have offended If we shadows have offended

Born on this day in 1873 opera and stage director Max Reinhardt.

on September 09, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Roméo et Juliette Roméo et Juliette

Starring Diana Damrau, Vittorio Grigolo, Elliot Madore and Mikhail Petrenko, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. From January 21, 2017.

on September 08, 2020 at 6:23 PM
Teach me tonight Teach me tonight

Virtual vocal coach Karen takes on the lean, lovely, lustrous larynx of Dusty Pörn.

on September 08, 2020 at 1:26 PM
Lakmé Lakmé

One of Mariella Devia‘s earliest New York successes: Delibes’s Lakmé with Nicolai Gedda and Paul Plishka.

on September 08, 2020 at 12:00 PM
Manon Manon

Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczala and Paulo Szot star in this performance conducted by Fabio Luisi. Transmitted live on April 7, 2012.

on September 07, 2020 at 6:50 PM
La jolie fille de Perth La jolie fille de Perth

In tribute to soprano Christiane Eda-Pierre, who died September 5.

on September 07, 2020 at 11:43 AM
Happy Labor Day! Happy Labor Day!

Here’s ineffable Lainie Kazan, putting the “MDA” in the MDA Labor Day Telethon.

on September 07, 2020 at 10:32 AM
The Tempest The Tempest

Starring Audrey Luna, Isabel Leonard, Iestyn Davies, Alek Shrader, Alan Oke, William Burden, Toby Spence and Simon Keenlyside, conducted by Thomas Adès. From November 10, 2012.

on September 06, 2020 at 5:24 PM
7 Deaths of Maria Callas 7 Deaths of Maria Callas

An opera project by Marina Abramovic (2020) from the Bayerische Staatsoper.

on September 05, 2020 at 11:37 AM
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