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.


The biggest scoops of the decade The biggest scoops of the decade

Get ready for a barrel of charm, a fabulous thrill as La Cieca (not pictured) proudly presents the the biggest little headlines on parterre box for the decade 2010-2019.

on December 31, 2019 at 12:54 PM
The Snow Queen The Snow Queen

From the Bayerische Staatsoper, a telecast of Hans Abrahamsen‘s The Snow Queen featuring Barbara Hannigan.

on December 28, 2019 at 12:40 PM
Wozzeck Wozzeck

Tonight’s listening experience: the premiere of a new Met production of Wozzeck.

on December 27, 2019 at 1:50 PM
Teen titans Teen titans

Of the hundreds of opera performances Our Own JJ (not pictured) attended in the 2010s he narrows it down to the ten most glittering highlights.

on December 25, 2019 at 1:05 PM
Macbeth Macbeth

A blast from the (recent) past on this afternoon’s Met broadcast.

on December 21, 2019 at 11:35 AM
Roaring 20s Roaring 20s

The entire Metropolitan Opera schedule for 2020-2021, in what looks like a fairly plausible form, has been leaked.

on December 20, 2019 at 4:29 PM
The Magic Flute The Magic Flute

“A beloved holiday tradition continues.”

on December 19, 2019 at 7:00 PM
The Queen of Spades The Queen of Spades

Three! Seven! Ace!

on December 14, 2019 at 12:24 PM
Der Rosenkavalier Der Rosenkavalier

The Strauss-Hofmannsthal sex comedy returns to the Met tonight at 7:00.

on December 13, 2019 at 1:20 PM
Sitting Pretti Sitting Pretti

The Metropolitan Opera today announces two cast changes for its forthcoming production of Verdi’s La Traviata, opening January 10, 2020. 

on December 12, 2019 at 6:15 PM
Orlando Orlando

The world premiere of Olga Neuwirth‘s opera in a live broadcast from the Vienna State Opera.

on December 08, 2019 at 1:58 PM
Tosca Tosca

The opening night of La Scala features a new production of Tosca featuring Anna Netrebko, Francesco Meli and Luca Salsi.

on December 07, 2019 at 9:00 AM
The Egyptian The Egyptian

Happy birthday to bass Zachary James.

on December 07, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Baton passed Baton passed

Eun Sun Kim has been appointed the Caroline H. Hume Music Director of San Francisco Opera, effective August 1, 2021.

on December 05, 2019 at 5:22 PM
The Queen of Spades The Queen of Spades

A second broadcast of the Met’s winter sleeper hit!

on December 05, 2019 at 4:28 PM
Grigolo gone Grigolo gone

Star tenor Vittorio Grigolo has been dismissed from the Met.

on December 05, 2019 at 10:56 AM
Cecilia goes to Monte Carlo Cecilia goes to Monte Carlo

Cecilia Bartoli has been named director of the Monte-Carlo Opera, with her incumbency to begin in 2023.

on December 03, 2019 at 4:21 PM
I’ll follow the sun I’ll follow the sun

November was Akhnaten month at parterre box.

on December 01, 2019 at 1:05 PM
Broad way Broad way

Born on this day in 1945, diva of divas Bette Midler!

on December 01, 2019 at 8:00 AM
The case of the vanishing opera The case of the vanishing opera

La Cieca has only just noticed that the time for the announced first presentation of the New York City’s Opera’s 2019-2020 season has come and gone.

on November 30, 2019 at 9:53 PM
Già la mansplain e preparata Già la mansplain e preparata

“È tutto amore! Chi a una sola è fedele, verso l’altre è crudele; io che in me sento si esteso sentimento, vo’ bene a tutte quante; le donne poiché calcolar non sanno, il mio buon natural chiamano inganno.”

on November 30, 2019 at 3:44 PM
The Queen of Spades The Queen of Spades

Tonight’s broadcast of Tchaikovsky’s ghost story begins at 7:30 PM.

on November 29, 2019 at 3:15 PM
Altre parole bisbigliavi Altre parole bisbigliavi

Anna Netrebko, in Milan preparing a new production of Tosca for La Scala’s opening night, fires back at an interviewer.

on November 28, 2019 at 3:11 PM
It’s now or Neva It’s now or Neva

In preparation for her much-awaited Met debut, Lise Davidsen sings the arioso from Queen of Spades.

on November 27, 2019 at 6:00 PM
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