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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 twice-weekly column on opera for the New York Observer. He also hosts the more or less weekly livecast “parterre saturday afternoon.”



Broadcast: Lohengrin

Live from the Bayreuth festival, beginning at 10:00 AM. (Photo: Enrico Nawrath)

Broadcast: Tannhäuser

The opening of the 2019 Bayreuth season, broadcast live at 10:00 AM sharp.

Sous le ciel de Paris

Alexander Neef (currently Canadian Opera Company’s General Director and Santa Fe Opera’s Artistic Director) will succeed Stéphane Lissner as chief at the Opéra de Paris. Neef’s first season at the helm in Paris will commence in 2021. [Forumopera]

Sussex appeal

Countertenor Jakub Jozef Orlinski will jump into Glyndebourne Opera’s production of Handel’s Rinaldo after mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong pulled out “for personal reasons.”

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“I’m here, I’m queer, morir”

“Turandot is visibly stirred by Liù’s self-sacrifice and she caresses her dead body. Just after Calaf kisses her, she takes her headdress off and comes out as a gay woman.”

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Kommen Sie und hören Sie das Wiegenlied des Broadway!

The Bayerische Staatsorchester with General Music Director Kirill Petrenko plays music by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Frederick Loewe, Leonard Bernstein, Rodgers and Hammerstein and more.

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It ain’t necessarily hojotoho

Operawire.

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Muh booklet

“Will no one shed a tear for obsolescent analog technology?”

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