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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.”

Sonya Yoncheva plays Mad Libs

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It takes a woman

Suddenly in the middle of March 2019 the Metropolitan Opera (or at least the flunky responsible for their Instagram) realized that perhaps a few of the company’s multitudes of stagehands and technicians might be of the feminine persuasion. Read more »

Al passato, ben vedete, ora è inutile pensar

Jonas Kaufmann demonstrates his current work ethic on La forza del destino by posting on Instagram a photograph taken in 2015 at a rehearsal of Andrea Chenier. (Thanks to SkateArtGuy for catching this!)


Broadcast: Das Rheingold

The gods are at it again.

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Broadcast: Aida

Let’s all sing “O terra addio” to the those crumbly styrofoam pharaoh toes.

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Broadcast: Joyce DiDonato sings opera, jazz and tango!

Joyce DiDonato and her band fuse Italian Baroque bel canto classics, jazz ballads, and tunes from the Great American Songbook into one illuminating musical program.

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Broadcast: La Fille du Régiment

The Met season’s final performance of the Donizetti romcom begins at 1:00 PM.

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Our retrospection will now be all to the future

La Cieca is delighted to announce that the most popular posts for the month of February dealt primarily with the Met season yet to come.

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