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.


L’elisir d’amore L’elisir d’amore

Starring Kathleen Battle, Luciano Pavarotti, Juan Pons and Enzo Dara; conducted by James Levine. Transmitted live on November 16, 1991.

on June 26, 2020 at 5:42 PM
Makes you blind Makes you blind

Which company plans to rescue opera, or at least their abbreviated season for 2020-2021, by programming a complete work for their opening night…

on June 26, 2020 at 2:04 PM
Masterclass with Jamie Barton Masterclass with Jamie Barton

A Masterclass conversation-performance between Elena Park, composer and National Sawdust co-founder Paola Prestini and the Beverly Sills Award-winning mezzo-soprano and outspoken gay rights and body-positivity activist Jamie Barton.

on June 26, 2020 at 11:00 AM
Manon Manon

Starring Lisette Oropesa, Michael Fabiano and Artur Rucinski; conducted by Maurizio Benini. Transmitted live on October 26, 2019.

on June 25, 2020 at 5:30 PM
Liederabend Krassimira Stoyanova Liederabend Krassimira Stoyanova

Songs by Puccini, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff.

on June 25, 2020 at 11:53 AM
Samson et Dalila Samson et Dalila

Conducted by Sir Mark Elder; starring Elina Garanca and Roberto Alagna. Transmitted live on October 20, 2018.

on June 24, 2020 at 4:32 PM
La sonnambula La sonnambula

Juan Diego Flórez and Luca Pisaroni star in this performance recorded at the Vienna State Opera on January 13, 2017.

on June 24, 2020 at 12:00 PM
Doctor Atomic Doctor Atomic

Conducted by Alan Gilbert; starring Sasha Cooke, Thomas Glenn, Gerald Finley, Richard Paul Fink and Eric Owens. Transmitted live on November 8, 2008.

on June 23, 2020 at 6:35 PM
Anna, Yusif and the Escorial Anna, Yusif and the Escorial

This series of concerts offered role debuts (of a kind) for Anna Netrebko as Elisabetta and Yusif Eyvazov as Carlo.

on June 23, 2020 at 3:12 PM
Live with Carnegie Hall Live with Carnegie Hall

Yannick Nézet-Séguin discusses The MET Orchestra and welcomes guests Angel Blue, Renée Fleming, Thomas Lausmann, Missy Mazzoli, Donald Palumbo and Ailyn Pérez.

on June 23, 2020 at 1:17 PM
La traviata La traviata

Sonya Yoncheva, Michael Fabiano and Thomas Hampson star in this performance transmitted live on March 11, 2017.

on June 22, 2020 at 5:00 PM
Khovanshchina Khovanshchina

Semyon Bychkov leads Ferruccio Furlanetto, Christopher Ventris, Herbert Lippert, Andrzej Dobber, Ain Anger and Elena Maximova in this 2014 performance from the Vienna State Opera.

on June 22, 2020 at 1:07 PM
“Take your heart to work” “Take your heart to work”

Born on this day in 1949 actress Meryl Streep.

on June 22, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Satyagraha Satyagraha

Conducted by Dante Anzolini; starring Rachelle Durkin, Richard Croft, Kim Josephson and Alfred Walker. Transmitted live on November 19, 2011.

on June 21, 2020 at 4:19 PM
Looking for trouble Looking for trouble

Born on this day in 1922 actress and singer Jane Russell.

on June 21, 2020 at 1:46 PM
Akhnaten Akhnaten

Anthony Roth Costanzo contracts a severe case of monotheism in this Philip Glass opera transmitted live on November 23, 2019.

on June 20, 2020 at 5:08 PM
Pelléas et Mélisande Pelléas et Mélisande

Alain Altinoglu and Dmitri Tcherniakov team for this production filmed in 2016 at the Opernhaus Zurich.

on June 20, 2020 at 12:00 PM
Juneteenth celebration Juneteenth celebration

Carnegie Hall presents this celebration, recognizing the importance of this historic day and acknowledging the long road still ahead.

on June 19, 2020 at 6:42 PM
Pagliacci Pagliacci

Jonas Kaufmann stars in this production from the Salzburg Festival in March 2015.

on June 19, 2020 at 12:00 PM
La forza del destino La forza del destino

Leontyne Price, Giuseppe Giacomini, Leo Nucci and Bonaldo Giaiotti star in this performance conducted by James Levine, as transmitted live on March 24, 1984.

on June 18, 2020 at 4:00 PM
Kat’a Kabanova Kat’a Kabanova

Tomás Netopil leads a cast including Angela Denoke, Misha Didyk and Jane Henschel in a performance recorded at the Vienna State Opera on April 27, 2017.

on June 18, 2020 at 12:27 PM
Iphigénie en Tauride Iphigénie en Tauride

Conducted by Patrick Summers; starring Susan Graham, Plácido Domingo, and Paul Groves. Transmitted live on February 26, 2011.

on June 17, 2020 at 6:48 PM
Gurre-Lieder Gurre-Lieder

A repeat viewing of this version of Schoenberg’s concert work, as staged by Pierre Audi for the Dutch National Opera.

on June 17, 2020 at 12:30 PM
Semiramide Semiramide

Conducted by Maurizio Benini; starring Angela Meade, Elizabeth DeShong, Javier Camarena, Ildar Abdrazako and Ryan Speedo Green. Transmitted live on March 10, 2018.

on June 16, 2020 at 5:30 PM
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