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 Cunning Little Vixen The Cunning Little Vixen

From the Vienna State Opera, 2016.

on January 12, 2021 at 12:00 PM
Le nozze di Figaro Le nozze di Figaro

The Met’s new “All Renée All the Time” format kicks off with a performance from November 11, 1998 starring Herself, Cecilia Bartoli, Susanne Mentzer, Dwayne Croft, and Bryn Terfel, conducted by James Levine.

on January 11, 2021 at 5:21 PM
Il Trovatore Il Trovatore

Starring Sondra Radvanovsky, Dolora Zajick, Marcelo Álvarez, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, and Stefan Kocán, conducted by Marco Armiliato. From April 30, 2011.

on January 10, 2021 at 6:21 PM
Siegfried Siegfried

From the Vienna State Opera: Adam Fischer conducts Christian Franz, Linda Watson, Tomasz Konieczny, Herwig Pecoraro and Jochen Schmeckenbecher.

on January 10, 2021 at 10:14 AM
Maria Stuarda Maria Stuarda

Starring Elza van den Heever, Joyce DiDonato, Matthew Polenzani, Joshua Hopkins, and Matthew Rose, conducted by Maurizio Benini. From January 19, 2013.

on January 09, 2021 at 5:30 PM
Il Barbiere di Siviglia Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Performance from April 26, 2007. Maurizio Benini; Joyce DiDonato (Rosina), Claudia Waite (Berta), Lawrence Brownlee (Count Almaviva), Russell Braun (Figaro), John Del Carlo (Dr. Bartolo), Samuel Ramey (Don Basilio).

on January 09, 2021 at 11:22 AM
Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci

Starring Eva-Maria Westbroek, Jane Bunnell, Marcelo Álvarez, George Gagnidze; Patricia Racette, Marcelo Álvarez, George Gagnidze, and Lucas Meachem, conducted by Fabio Luisi. From April 25, 2015.

on January 08, 2021 at 6:00 PM
It was a very good Lear It was a very good Lear

Born on this day in 1926 soprano Evelyn Lear.

on January 08, 2021 at 8:03 AM
When divas collide When divas collide

Duelling events tonight:

on January 07, 2021 at 5:39 PM
Die Walküre Die Walküre

Adam Fischer leads Christopher Ventris, Ain Anger, Waltraud Meier, Linda Watson and Tomasz Konieczny.

on January 07, 2021 at 12:39 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 January 06, 2021 at 5:38 PM
Rusalka Rusalka

Tomás Hanus conducts Piotr Beczala, Olga Bezsmertna, Jongmin Park, Elena Zhidkova and Monika Bohinec.

on January 06, 2021 at 12:00 PM
La donna del lago La donna del lago

Starring Joyce DiDonato, Daniela Barcellona, Juan Diego Flórez, John Osborn and Oren Gradus, conducted by Michele Mariotti. From March 14, 2015.

on January 05, 2021 at 5:48 PM
La Cenerentola La Cenerentola

From the Vienna State Opera: Isabel Leonard, Maxim Mironov, Alessio Arduini and Luca Pisaroni; Jean-Christophe Spinosi conducts.

on January 05, 2021 at 10:25 AM
Adriana Lecouvreur Adriana Lecouvreur

Starring Anna Netrebko, Anita Rachvelishvili, Piotr Beczala, Carlo Bosi, Ambrogio Maestri, and Maurizio Muraro, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. From January 12, 2019.

on January 04, 2021 at 5:30 PM
L’elisir d’amore L’elisir d’amore

Starring Kathleen Battle, Luciano Pavarotti, Juan Pons, and Enzo Dara, conducted by James Levine. From November 16, 1991

on January 03, 2021 at 6:29 PM
Semele Semele

Nicole Chevalier leads the cast at the Komische Oper in a production directed by Barrie Kosky.

on January 03, 2021 at 2:22 AM
Un ballo in maschera Un ballo in maschera

Starring Aprile Millo, Harolyn Blackwell, Florence Quivar, Luciano Pavarotti and Leo Nucci, conducted by James Levine. From January 26, 1991.

on January 02, 2021 at 5:00 PM
Satyagraha Satyagraha

Performance from November 19, 2011: Dante Anzolini; Rachelle Durkin (Miss Schlesen), Richard Croft (M. K. Gandhi), Kim Josephson (Mr. Kallenbach), Alfred Walker (Parsi Rustomji).

on January 02, 2021 at 10:00 AM
Il Trovatore Il Trovatore

Starring Eva Marton, Dolora Zajick, Luciano Pavarotti, Sherrill Milnes, and Jeffrey Wells, conducted by James Levine. From October 15, 1988.

on January 01, 2021 at 5:30 PM
Die Fledermaus Die Fledermaus

Cornelius Meister leads Camilla Nylund, Georg Nigl, Jochen Schmeckenbecher , Okka von der Damerau, Michael Laurenz, Regula Mühlemann and Peter Simonischek.

on January 01, 2021 at 11:00 AM
Consider yourself at home Consider yourself at home

The big news of 2020 was, obviously, that everyone (or almost everyone) stayed home.

on January 01, 2021 at 8:41 AM
Met Stars Live in Concert: New Year’s Eve Gala Met Stars Live in Concert: New Year’s Eve Gala

The Met rings in the new year with a gala performance featuring sopranos Angel Blue and Pretty Yende, and tenors Javier Camarena and Matthew Polenzani—live from the Parktheater im Kurhaus Göggingen, in Augsburg, Germany

on December 31, 2020 at 12:00 PM
Rigoletto Rigoletto

Starring Christiane Eda-Pierre, Isola Jones, Luciano Pavarotti, Louis Quilico, and Ara Berberian, conducted by James Levine. From December 15, 1981.

on December 30, 2020 at 6:36 PM
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