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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.”



“It can never be a simple experience”

“I am an artist first, but also Catholic and homosexual. That should not be left out.” Stefan Herheim, in London for a new production of Queen of Spades at the Royal Opera, manages to get the occasional word in edgeways despite interviewer Rupert ChristiansenRead more »

Webcast: The Bartered Bride

Live from the Bayerische Staatsoper: The Bartered Bride.

Broadcast: Otello

This rainy afternoon’s Met broadcast: Otello.

What has made it numb?

At the New York Philharmonic’s New Year’s Eve gala? Really? 

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Out code

Joining the talking and singing heads of Aria Code is Our Own JJ, deconstructing “Mon coeur s’ouvre a ta voix.”

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Alpha blog

Widely-publicized parterre box garnered 3,623,050 pageviews for the more than 1,200 articles published during 2018.

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Troppo, signori… troppo!

We reach the final day of “The Advent of Anna” in anticipation of her first Met Adriana Lecouvreur, to be broadcast tonight at 5:55 PM.

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December bride

As 2018 draws to a close, let’s hear Anna Netrebko in a showpiece she has sung throughout her career, Marfa’s Aria from The Tsar’s Bride.

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