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.


The case of the vanishing opera The case of the vanishing opera

La Cieca has only just noticed that the time for the announced first presentation of the New York City’s Opera’s 2019-2020 season has come and gone.

on November 30, 2019 at 9:53 PM
Già la mansplain e preparata Già la mansplain e preparata

“È tutto amore! Chi a una sola è fedele, verso l’altre è crudele; io che in me sento si esteso sentimento, vo’ bene a tutte quante; le donne poiché calcolar non sanno, il mio buon natural chiamano inganno.”

on November 30, 2019 at 3:44 PM
The Queen of Spades The Queen of Spades

Tonight’s broadcast of Tchaikovsky’s ghost story begins at 7:30 PM.

on November 29, 2019 at 3:15 PM
Altre parole bisbigliavi Altre parole bisbigliavi

Anna Netrebko, in Milan preparing a new production of Tosca for La Scala’s opening night, fires back at an interviewer.

on November 28, 2019 at 3:11 PM
It’s now or Neva It’s now or Neva

In preparation for her much-awaited Met debut, Lise Davidsen sings the arioso from Queen of Spades.

on November 27, 2019 at 6:00 PM
Van Oostrum sings! Van Oostrum sings!

Though no recording of Sunday’s lauded performance of Lohengrin from the Bayerische Staatsoper has yet surfaced, here are a couple of excerpts from Der Freischütz sung by Johanni van Oostrum.

on November 26, 2019 at 3:55 PM
Opera tickets to give away Opera tickets to give away

A parterre box reader has had to cancel an opera trip to Germany scheduled from November 29 – December 6 and wants if possible to share his tickets with members of the cher public.

on November 26, 2019 at 2:51 PM
Honor and harmony Honor and harmony

It’s that time of year again, cher public: the 47th 15th annual announcement of the recipients of the F. Paul Driscoll Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence!

on November 26, 2019 at 12:50 PM
Seal the deal Seal the deal

Yusif Eyvazov will sing Hermann in the performances of Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades on November 29 and December 2 and 5, replacing Aleksandrs Antonenko, who has withdrawn due to illness.”

on November 25, 2019 at 3:56 PM
Wozzeck Wozzeck

Alban Berg‘s masterpiece launches the Bayerische Staatsoper’s 2019/2020 STAATSOPER.TV season.

on November 23, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Outside the box Outside the box

So here’s my question: if Tadzio is 27 years old and consciously flaunting his wang, is it still Death in Venice?

on November 22, 2019 at 10:02 AM
Thanks a million Thanks a million

“The Met acted quickly to cast her as Leonore in Fidelio, Chrysothemis in Elektra, Ariadne in Ariadne auf Naxos, Eva in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier.”

on November 22, 2019 at 9:27 AM
La bohème La bohème

That bohemian opera returns to the airwaves tonight at 7:25 PM.

on November 21, 2019 at 1:22 PM
“Non son più Ye, son dio” “Non son più Ye, son dio”

“A flawed leader with visions of grandeur who becomes mentally unstable is a plot line that [Kanye] West might relate to.”

on November 18, 2019 at 3:42 PM
Triple threat Triple threat

Introducing “Dancing Contralto Daria Chebanenko!”

on November 16, 2019 at 3:15 PM
Le nozze di Figaro Le nozze di Figaro

Listen and discuss, cher public, beginning at 12:55 PM. Photo: Marty Sohl/The Metropolitan Opera

on November 16, 2019 at 10:37 AM
Unfriended Unfriended

The Metropolitan Opera announced today that longtime [almost 40 years!] Artistic Administrator Jonathan Friend will be stepping down from his position following the end of the 2019–20 season.

on November 15, 2019 at 4:22 PM
Meeker inherits Meeker inherits

Opera San Antonio’s Board of Directors has announced E. Loren Meeker as General and Artistic Director.

on November 15, 2019 at 3:26 PM
Tristan und Isolde Tristan und Isolde

Christine Goerke and Stephen Gould sing the second act of Wagner’s masterpiece under the baton of Gianandrea Noseda.

on November 15, 2019 at 2:26 PM
We all sleep alone We all sleep alone

Dame Judi Dench! Anna Netrebko! Anne Midgette! Need I say more?

on November 14, 2019 at 2:19 PM
Popp idol Popp idol

Born on this day in 1939 soprano Lucia Popp.

on November 12, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Amleto Amleto

Franco Faccio‘s delightfully obscure operatic version of Hamlet, as recorded at Delaware Opera.

on November 09, 2019 at 1:05 PM
Akhnaten Akhnaten

The Metropolitan Opera premiere of Akhnaten begins at 7:55 PM.

on November 08, 2019 at 5:12 PM
Leb’ wohl, du kühnes, herrliches fashion victim! Leb’ wohl, du kühnes, herrliches fashion victim!

Yes, this is the image Lyric Opera of Chicago has chosen to promote its upcoming performances of Der Ring des Nibelungen on social media.

on November 07, 2019 at 6:37 PM
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