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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.”



Broadcast: Dialogues des Carmélites

The final Saturday afternoon broadcast of the 2018-2019 season begins at noon today! (Photo: Ken Howard)

Broadcast: Siegfried

The final streaming broadcast of the Met season is beginning!

The world is your cloister

The 2020 Glyndebourne Festival features the company’s first production ever of Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites, in a production directed by Barrie Kosky and starring Danielle de Niese. [Glyndebourne]

Two can be as lonely as one

Anna Netrebko and Jonas Kaufmann in La forza del destino—all of it!

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To Wong Foo, Fangs for Everything

“The opera The Lord of Cries. . . . with the equally astounding Anthony Roth Costanzo.”

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The shadow of his smile

“Hello, Clarice!”

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Gold rush

The Metropolitan Opera has named soprano Lisette Oropesa as the winner of the 14th annual Beverly Sills Artist Award.

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Middle of the riddle

Born on this day in 1941 soprano Ghena Dimitrova.

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