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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.”

Broadcast: Salome

Marlis Petersen is the obsessed princess in this live telecast from the Bayerische Staatsoper, starting at 2:00 PM.

“Madame is the greatest star of them all”

“What happens when that music no longer comes easily, or when the public’s attention shifts elsewhere? These are questions for any great singer, including Ms. Malfitano, now in her 70s and her days as a reigning Tosca behind her. So here she is, a fictionalized version of herself, relishing the glories of the past yet also tortured by neuroses that recall Maria Callas and Norma Desmond, with the fiercely widened eyes to match,” writes the ineffable Josh Barone in the New York Times. (Photo: Jean Louis Fernandez)

I know a Wiener man

Jonas Kaufmann IS Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde!

Blind spot

Here’s some news you can use—if you can peek into the future and guess which tenor is jumping into a starring role at the Met this fall.


Which superstar tenor is about to record a complete opera that surely sell lots of copies, causing his fans to rejoice?

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Broadcast: Carmen

The Royal Opera’s production of Bizet’s Carmen will be livestreamed for free starting at 1:30 PM today.

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Wonder women


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And now a word for our sponsors

La Cieca and the gang down at parterre box want to express our gratitude to our advertisers.

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