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.


Elektra Elektra

Hear the production Our Own Eli Jacobson lauded for “Runnicles’ blazing conducting, the excellent orchestral playing, Davidsen’s youthful brilliance, Schuster’s canny artistry and veteran authority, Stemme’s humanity and intelligence…”

on April 05, 2022 at 3:32 PM
Contact in Red Square Contact in Red Square

The conundrum “Whose side is Anna Netrebko on?” fascinated the readers of parterre box in March.

on April 04, 2022 at 5:17 PM
She’s funny that way She’s funny that way

Happy 82nd birthday to actress Penelope Keith.

on April 02, 2022 at 12:01 PM
Eugene Onegin Eugene Onegin

Ailyn Pérez is Tatiana opposite Igor Golovatenko in the title role of the urbane nobleman who rejects her, much to his later dismay.

on April 02, 2022 at 11:24 AM
Elektra Elektra

Two thrilling sopranos join forces as Nina Stemme reprises her acclaimed portrayal of the title heroine and Lise Davidsen makes her role debut as Chrysothemis.

on April 01, 2022 at 3:56 PM
Wozzeck Wozzeck

Philippe Jordan conducts Christian Gerhaher, Sean Panikkar, Jörg Schneider, Dmitry Belosselskiy and Anja Kampe in a live performance from the Vienna State Opera.

on March 31, 2022 at 1:44 PM
Anti-war Anna Anti-war Anna

Anna Netrebko has issued a statement explicitly condemning the war in Ukraine.

on March 30, 2022 at 11:02 AM
Second banana Second banana

Happy 73rd birthday actress, comedian, talk show host, and singer Vicki Lawrence.

on March 26, 2022 at 10:47 AM
Don Carlos Don Carlos

Network Broadcast Premiere of French-language version

on March 26, 2022 at 10:32 AM
Eugene Onegin Eugene Onegin

Ailyn Pérez makes her role debut as Tatiana opposite Igor Golovatenko in the title role of the urbane nobleman who rejects her, much to his later dismay.

on March 25, 2022 at 4:00 PM
Enter the queen Enter the queen

Eleonora Buratto will make her role debut as Elisabeth de Valois in Verdi’s Don Carlo in the 2022–23 season, replacing Anna Netrebko for the first five performances of the run.”

on March 25, 2022 at 12:47 PM
Turandot Turandot

RAI TV5 will televise Ai Weiwei’s production from the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma.

on March 24, 2022 at 12:00 PM
Turandot Turandot

Michael Fabiano makes his role debut as Calaf in this performance from the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma.

on March 22, 2022 at 1:56 PM
Salome Salome

The Bard Conservatory Orchestra joins an exciting principal cast of singers in a semi-staged performance of Richard Strauss’s once infamous, now famous opera, directed by R. B. Schlather.

on March 20, 2022 at 11:00 AM
Rodelinda Rodelinda

Captivating soprano Elza van den Heever sings her first Handel at the Met, making her role debut as the title heroine of the composer’s stunning Baroque drama. Harry Bicket conducts.

on March 19, 2022 at 11:00 AM
Don Carlos Don Carlos

From the Metropolitan Opera, Matthew Polenzani, Sonya Yoncheva, Jamie Barton, Etienne Dupuis, Eric Owens and John Relyea.

on March 18, 2022 at 4:00 PM
A Concert for Ukraine A Concert for Ukraine

Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Ségui will lead the Met Orchestra and Chorus and star soloists.

on March 14, 2022 at 5:07 PM
Aida Aida

Krassimira Stoyanova, Oksana Volkova, Francesco Meli, Georg Zeppenfeld and Quinn Kelsey; conducted by Christian Thielemann.

on March 13, 2022 at 9:00 AM
Ariadne auf Naxos Ariadne auf Naxos

For this live broadcast, Marek Janowski conducts Lise Davidsen, Brandon Jovanovich, Brenda Rae, Sean Michael Plumb and Isabel Leonard.

on March 12, 2022 at 10:00 AM
Rodelinda Rodelinda

Soprano Elza van den Heever makes her role debut as the title heroine. Harry Bicket conducts a cast that also features mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, countertenors Iestyn Davies and Anthony Roth Costanzo, tenor Paul Appleby, and bass-baritone Adam Plachetka.

on March 11, 2022 at 4:41 PM
The Met supports Ukraine The Met supports Ukraine

The Metropolitan Opera announced today “A Concert for Ukraine” on Monday, March 14, at 6:00pm ET, with Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leading the Met Orchestra and Chorus.

on March 07, 2022 at 2:50 PM
Peter Grimes Peter Grimes

The Bayerische Staatsoper streams its new production of Britten’s tragedy. Conductor: Edward Gardner.  Production: Stefan Herheim.

on March 06, 2022 at 12:15 AM
La fille du régiment La fille du régiment

From January 6, 1973:  Richard Bonynge; Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, Regina Resnik, Fernando Corena

on March 05, 2022 at 12:26 PM
“He’s not gay, he’s just autistic” “He’s not gay, he’s just autistic”

“Plus, he never laid a glove on those kids.” — Jonas Kaufmann, probably.

on March 04, 2022 at 1:47 PM
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