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.


Hello, Gorgeous! Hello, Gorgeous!

On this day in 1964 the Jule StyneBob Merrill musical Funny Girl opened at the Winter Garden Theatre, to run 1,348 performances.

on March 26, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Die Walküre Die Walküre

The second part of the Ring as documented at the Met in 2011.

on March 25, 2020 at 5:34 PM
Iris Iris

Mascagni’s bizarre japonaiserie opera features Sonya Yoncheva.

on March 25, 2020 at 12:04 PM
Moment of truth Moment of truth

Born on this day in 1910 soprano Magda Olivero.

on March 25, 2020 at 11:37 AM
Das Rheingold Das Rheingold

Revisit our old friend The Machine from the Met’s early teens Ring cycle, beginning tonight with Das Rheingold.

on March 24, 2020 at 6:30 PM
La Gioconda La Gioconda

A midcentury Met-adjacent cast belts out Ponchielli.

on March 24, 2020 at 11:32 AM
New York’s first diva New York’s first diva

Born on this day in 1808 soprano Maria Malibran.

on March 24, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Tristan und Isolde Tristan und Isolde

Wagner’s music drama in the Met’s 2016 production.

on March 23, 2020 at 5:33 PM
Tosca Tosca

This afternoon, a 2019 Puccini performance featuring Sondra Radvanovsky, Piotr Beczala and Thomas Hampson.

on March 23, 2020 at 12:24 PM
Eugene Onegin Eugene Onegin

Another classic Met Live in HD performance, starring Renée Fleming, Ramón Vargas, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, conducted by Valery Gergiev.

on March 22, 2020 at 5:30 PM
Semiramide Semiramide

A 1983 concert performance at Carnegie Hall with June Anderson, Marilyn Horne and Samuel Ramey; Henry Lewis conducting.

on March 22, 2020 at 12:47 PM
Wer ein holdes Weib errungen Wer ein holdes Weib errungen

Born on this day in 1912 soprano Martha Mödl.

on March 22, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Lucia di Lammermoor Lucia di Lammermoor

Anna Netrebko and Piotr Beczala head the cast in this 2009 performance.

on March 21, 2020 at 5:57 PM
La Cenerentola La Cenerentola

A leap back in time to 2014 for a Met broadcast of La Cenerentola.

on March 21, 2020 at 12:09 PM
Médée Médée

Cherubini’s tragedy as performed at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden.

on March 20, 2020 at 12:23 PM
La Traviata La Traviata

Tonight’s subject for discussion: Verdi’s La Traviata, starring Diana Damrau and Juan Diego Flórez, with Yannick Nézet-Séguin (not pictured) on the podium.

on March 19, 2020 at 5:41 PM
Met cancels remainder of season Met cancels remainder of season

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Metropolitan Opera announced today that the company has canceled the remainder of the 2019–20 season, which was to have ended on May 9, 2020.

on March 19, 2020 at 1:31 PM
La Sonnambula La Sonnambula

This afternoon’s chat focuses on Bellini’s La Sonnambula with Anna Moffo (San Francisco 1960.)

on March 19, 2020 at 12:30 PM
Blame it on my youth Blame it on my youth

On this day in 1859 Charles Gounod’s Faust premiered in Paris.

on March 19, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Il Trovatore Il Trovatore

A 1960s All-Star team for Verdi’s Il Trovatore broadcast from the Teatro Colón with Leontyne Price, Fiorenza Cossotto, Carlo Bergonzi, Piero Cappuccilli and, of course, Ivo Vinco.

on March 18, 2020 at 6:39 PM
Snow business Snow business

Born on this day in 1844 composer Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

on March 18, 2020 at 12:34 PM
Tristan und Isolde Tristan und Isolde

Andreas Schager and Anja Kampe in a production from the Staatsoper Berlin.

on March 18, 2020 at 12:05 PM
La Cenerentola La Cenerentola

A sparkling performance of Rossini’s La Cenerentola from 1976 featuring the scintillating conducting of Claudio Abbado and Lucia Valentini-Terrani in the title role.

on March 17, 2020 at 6:00 PM
Manon Manon

Yet another opera company joins the free streaming trend: the Staatsoper Unter den Linden.

on March 17, 2020 at 11:05 AM
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