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.


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On this day in 1954 the Harold ArlenTruman Capote musical House of Flowers opened on Broadway.

on December 30, 2020 at 6:55 AM
Tosca Tosca

Starring Shirley Verrett, Luciano Pavarotti, and Cornell MacNeil, conducted by James Conlon. From December 19, 1978.

on December 29, 2020 at 6:17 PM
La bohème La bohème

Starring Renata Scotto, Maralin Niska, Luciano Pavarotti, Ingvar Wixell, and Paul Plishka, conducted by James Levine. From March 15, 1977.

on December 28, 2020 at 5:47 PM
Falstaff Falstaff

Starring Lisette Oropesa, Angela Meade, Stephanie Blythe, Jennifer Johnson Cano, Paolo Fanale, Ambrogio Maestri, and Franco Vassallo, conducted by James Levine. From December 14, 2013.

on December 27, 2020 at 7:12 PM
The Tales of Hoffmann The Tales of Hoffmann

Barrie Kosky tells Offenbach’s fantastic story as a disturbing nightmare of an artist who increasingly loses his sense of identity. As we dive into the obsessions of a deranged mind, the title role itself is shared by three performers – including an actor – while a single soprano embodies all four female lead roles.”

on December 27, 2020 at 11:00 AM
The Merry Widow The Merry Widow

Starring Renée Fleming, Kelli O’Hara, Nathan Gunn, Alek Shrader, and Sir Thomas Allen, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. From January 17, 2015.

on December 26, 2020 at 6:42 PM
The Magic Flute The Magic Flute

Performance from December 21, 2010: Erik Nielsen; Susanna Phillips (Pamina), Erika Miklósa (Queen of the Night), Russell Thomas (Tamino), Alan Oke (Monostatos), Nathan Gunn (Papageno), Morris Robinson (Sarastro).

on December 26, 2020 at 12:00 PM
Hansel and Gretel Hansel and Gretel

Starring Christine Schäfer, Alice Coote, Rosalind Plowright, Philip Langridge, and Alan Held, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski. From January 1, 2008.

on December 25, 2020 at 6:30 PM
La bohème La bohème

Starring Teresa Stratas, Renata Scotto, José Carreras, Richard Stilwell, and James Morris, conducted by James Levine. From January 16, 1982.

on December 24, 2020 at 6:18 PM
Drawing room comedy Drawing room comedy

On this day in 1950 José Ferrer and Gloria Swanson opened a Broadway revival of Twentieth Century.

on December 24, 2020 at 2:00 AM
Il Barbiere di Siviglia Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Starring Isabel Leonard, Lawrence Brownlee, Christopher Maltman, Maurizo Muraro, and Paata Burchuladze, conducted by Michele Mariotti. From November 22, 2014.

on December 23, 2020 at 6:05 PM
Cendrillon Cendrillon

“In his surprisingly tragic interpretation, the renowned Italian director Damiano Michieletto plays with the clichés of the ruthless ballet world and crosses the line between fairytale magic and reality.”

on December 23, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Cendrillon Cendrillon

Starring Kathleen KimJoyce DiDonatoAlice Coote and Stephanie Blythe; conducted by Bertrand de Billy. Transmitted live on April 28, 2018.

on December 22, 2020 at 6:15 PM
La sonnambula La sonnambula

From the Vienna State Opera, Juan Diego Flórez, Daniela Fally and Luca Pisaroni; conducted by Guillermo García Calvo.

on December 22, 2020 at 11:19 AM
The Magic Flute The Magic Flute

Starring Ying Huang, Erika Miklósa, Matthew Polenzani, Nathan Gunn, and René Pape, conducted by James Levine. From December 30, 2006.

on December 21, 2020 at 5:53 PM
Das verratene Meer Das verratene Meer

Hans Werner Henze’s opera at the Vienna State Opera features Vera-Lotte Boecker, Bo Skovhus, Josh Lovell, Erik Van Heyningen, Kangmin Justin Kim, Stefan Astakhov and Martin Häßler.

on December 21, 2020 at 12:00 PM
Götterdämmerung Götterdämmerung

Starring Deborah Voigt, Wendy Bryn Harmer, Waltraud Meier, Jay Hunter Morris, Iain Paterson, Eric Owens, and Hans-Peter König, conducted by Fabio Luisi. From February 11, 2012.

on December 20, 2020 at 6:18 PM
Otello Otello

From the Vienna State Opera: Roberto Alagna, Aleksandra Kurzak, Dalibor Jenis.

on December 20, 2020 at 11:00 AM
Nabucco Nabucco

Starring Liudmyla Monastyrska, Jamie Barton, Russell Thomas, Plácido Domingo, and Dmitry Belosselskiy, conducted by James Levine. From January 7, 2017.

on December 19, 2020 at 5:03 PM
Hansel and Gretel Hansel and Gretel

Performance from January 6, 2018. Donald Runnicles; Lisette Oropesa (Gretel), Tara Erraught (Hansel), Dolora Zajick (Gertrude), Gerhard Siegel (Witch), Quinn Kelsey (Peter).

on December 19, 2020 at 10:00 AM
The Little Sparrow The Little Sparrow

Born on this day in 1915 singer Edith Piaf.

on December 19, 2020 at 3:44 AM
Boris Godunov Boris Godunov

Starring Ekaterina Semenchuk, Aleksandrs Antonenko, Oleg Balashov, Evgeny Nikitin, René Pape, Mikhail Petrenko, and Vladimir Ognovenko, conducted by Valery Gergiev. From October 23, 2010.

on December 18, 2020 at 5:42 PM
Der Rosenkavalier Der Rosenkavalier

Live from the Vienna State Opera with Martina Serafin, Daniela Sindram, Günther Groissböck, Erin Morley, Jochen Schmeckenbecher and Piotr Beczala, conducted by Philippe Jordan.

on December 18, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Fashion changes, but style endures Fashion changes, but style endures

On this day in 1969, a legend portrayed a legend, when the André Previn musical Coco presented Katharine Hepburn as Coco Chanel.

on December 18, 2020 at 1:30 AM
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