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.


Capriccio Capriccio

Starring Renée Fleming, Sarah Connolly, Joseph Kaiser, Russell Braun, Morten Frank Larsen, and Peter Rose, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. Production by John Cox. From April 23, 2011.

on March 30, 2021 at 5:31 PM
Jessye Norman, Live from Lincoln Center Jessye Norman, Live from Lincoln Center

From 1994, the legendary Jessye Norman portrays an evening of operatic heroines, with pioneering conductor Dame Jane Glover and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.

on March 29, 2021 at 5:42 PM
Der Fliegende Holländer Der Fliegende Holländer

Starring Anja Kampe, Mihoko Fujimura, Sergey Skorokhodov, David Portillo, Evgeny Nikitin, and Franz-Josef Selig, conducted by Valery Gergiev. Production by François Girard. From March 10, 2020.

on March 28, 2021 at 7:19 PM
Don Giovanni Don Giovanni

Starring Renée Fleming, Solveig Kringelborn, Hei-Kyung Hong, Paul Groves, Bryn Terfel, Ferruccio Furlanetto, and Sergei Koptchak, conducted by James Levine. Production by Franco Zeffirelli. From October 14, 2000.

on March 27, 2021 at 5:30 PM
Götterdämmerung Götterdämmerung

Tenor Daniel Brenna reprises his portrayal of Siegfried opposite a luminous Iréne Theorin as Brünnhilde and alongside bass-baritone Greer Grimsley, bass Andrea Silvestrelli, soprano Melissa Citro, baritone Brian Mulligan, and bass-baritone Falk Struckmann.

on March 27, 2021 at 11:04 AM
Idomeneo Idomeneo

Starring Hildegard Behrens, Ileana Cotrubas, Frederica von Stade, Luciano Pavarotti, and John Alexander, conducted by James Levine. Production by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle. From November 6, 1982.

on March 26, 2021 at 6:01 PM
Elektra Elektra

Starring Nina Stemme, Adrianne Pieczonka, Waltraud Meier, and Eric Owens, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. Production by Patrice Chéreau. From April 30, 2016.

on March 25, 2021 at 5:49 PM
Forever begins Forever begins

Born on this day in 1910 soprano Magda Olivero.

on March 25, 2021 at 8:28 AM
Iphigénie en Tauride Iphigénie en Tauride

Starring Susan Graham, Plácido Domingo, Paul Groves, and Gordon Hawkins, conducted by Patrick Summers. Production by Stephen Wadsworth. From February 26, 2011.

on March 24, 2021 at 7:31 PM
Ariane et Barbe-Bleue Ariane et Barbe-Bleue

The Paul Dukas rarity, performed by the Opéra de Lyon.

on March 24, 2021 at 1:00 PM
La Damnation de Faust La Damnation de Faust

Starring Susan Graham, Marcello Giordani, and John Relyea, conducted by James Levine. Production by Robert Lepage. From November 22, 2008.

on March 23, 2021 at 6:30 PM
Orfeo ed Euridice Orfeo ed Euridice

Starring Danielle de Niese, Heidi Grant Murphy, and Stephanie Blythe, conducted by James Levine. Production by Mark Morris. From January 24, 2009.

on March 22, 2021 at 6:09 PM
Agrippina Agrippina

Starring Brenda Rae, Joyce DiDonato, Kate Lindsey, Iestyn Davies, Duncan Rock, and Matthew Rose, conducted by Harry Bicket. Production by Sir David McVicar. From February 29, 2020.

on March 21, 2021 at 6:02 PM
Curtain! Fast music! Light! Curtain! Fast music! Light!

Born on this day in 1867 impresario Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.

on March 21, 2021 at 8:44 AM
Der Rosenkavalier Der Rosenkavalier

From the Bayerische Staatsoper, Vladimir Jurowski conducts a new production by Barrie Kosky.

on March 21, 2021 at 7:56 AM
Eugene Onegin Eugene Onegin

Starring Renée Fleming, Ramón Vargas, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, conducted by Valery Gergiev. Production by Robert Carsen. From February 24, 2007.

on March 20, 2021 at 6:30 PM
Siegfried Siegfried

Francesca Zambello directs and Sir Donald Runnicles conducts the all-star cast including Daniel Brenna, Greer Grimsley, Iréne Theorin, Ronnita Miller and David Cangelosi.

on March 20, 2021 at 10:00 AM
Il Barbiere di Siviglia Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Starring Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Flórez, Peter Mattei, John Del Carlo, and John Relyea, conducted by Maurizio Benini. Production by Bartlett Sher. From March 24, 2007.

on March 19, 2021 at 6:30 PM
Scheme a little scheme Scheme a little scheme

Happy 74th birthday to actress Glenn Close.

on March 19, 2021 at 7:57 AM
Akhnaten Akhnaten

Starring Dísella Lárusdóttir, J’Nai Bridges, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Aaron Blake, Will Liverman, Richard Bernstein, and Zachary James, conducted by Karen Kamensek. Production by Phelim McDermott. From November 23, 2019.

on March 18, 2021 at 5:30 PM
The skills to pay the bills The skills to pay the bills

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra has accepted a deal to receive bridge pay in return for returning to the bargaining table.

on March 17, 2021 at 7:07 PM
Anna Bolena Anna Bolena

Starring Anna Netrebko, Ekaterina Gubanova, Tamara Mumford, Stephen Costello, and Ildar Abdrazakov, conducted by Marco Armiliato. Production by Sir David McVicar. From October 15, 2011.

on March 17, 2021 at 6:30 PM
James Levine 1943-2021 James Levine 1943-2021

The conductor and former music director of the Metropolitan Opera died on March 9.

on March 17, 2021 at 10:11 AM
Rigoletto Rigoletto

From the Vienna State Opera: Evelino Pidò leads Carlos Álvarez, Juan Diego Flórez and Olga Peretyatko.

on March 16, 2021 at 12:00 PM
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