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.


Les girls Les girls

The celebrated episode of The Carol Burnett Show featuring divas Eileen Farrell and Marilyn Horne will be broadcast tonight. 

on July 27, 2022 at 9:30 PM
Tristan und Isolde Tristan und Isolde

Opening performance of the 2022 Bayreuth Festival, broadcast live.

on July 25, 2022 at 7:00 AM
The Wreckers The Wreckers

Glyndebourne’s eagerly awaited new production comes to the Proms in a full-length semi-staged performance, complete with the raw elemental power of Ethel Smyth’s sweeping score.

on July 24, 2022 at 11:09 AM
Idomeneo Idomeneo

Performance of July 11 at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.

on July 23, 2022 at 11:00 AM
Turandot Turandot

“In a dystopian game show, reminiscent of Hunger Games, the Princess presides over a surveillance state in which men are culled and the reproduction of the human race is conducted in breeding labs.”

on July 22, 2022 at 10:00 AM
Siberia Siberia

A live broadcast of Umberto Giordano’s opera from the Bregenz Festival.

on July 21, 2022 at 1:04 PM
Capriccio Capriccio

Live from the Munich Prinzregententheater.

on July 17, 2022 at 10:57 AM
Le Songe d’un nuit d’été Le Songe d’un nuit d’été

The very free adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream set by Ambroise Thomas, as heard at Wexford in 2021.

on July 16, 2022 at 8:08 AM
Nabucco Nabucco

Conductor: Nicola Luisotti; Stage director: Andreas Homoki; Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real, Madrid.

on July 15, 2022 at 9:29 AM
Maria Stuarda Maria Stuarda

Heading the cast of this Irish National Opera production is mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught.

on July 12, 2022 at 3:22 PM
Rienzi Rienzi

Marc Albrecht leads Wagner’s early grand opera, recorded June 22 at the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, Budapest.

on July 09, 2022 at 10:00 AM
La fanciulla del West La fanciulla del West

From the Staatsoper Berlin, Anja Kampe sings Minnie, Marcelo Álvarez is the bandit Dick Johnson and Michael Volle plays Jack Rance. Massimo Zanetti conducts.

on July 04, 2022 at 12:00 PM
Parsifal Parsifal

The cast includes Toby Spence in the title role and Katerina Karnéus as Kundry and the Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North are conducted by Richard Farnes.

on July 02, 2022 at 9:00 AM
The ‘Woods’, the bad and the ugly The ‘Woods’, the bad and the ugly

In a slow month for opera, parterre box readers turned their attention to a musical: Into the Woods.

on July 01, 2022 at 7:20 PM
La traviata La traviata

In this video from 2015, soprano Lisette Oropesa makes her role debut as Violetta in a new production of Verdi’s La traviata at the Academy of Music.

on June 26, 2022 at 12:00 PM
Samson et Dalila Samson et Dalila

Baritone-turned-tenor SeokJong Baek and superstar mezzo Elina Garanca take the title roles in Richard Jones‘s new production of Saint-Saëns’s biblical opera.

on June 25, 2022 at 11:00 AM
Turandot Turandot

A new production of Puccini’s lyric drama is conducted by Zubin Mehta and directed by Philipp Stölzl.

on June 18, 2022 at 9:00 AM
Thaïs Thaïs

Ermonela Jaho and Ludovic Tézier are featured in a performance recorded at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées à Paris.

on June 11, 2022 at 10:26 AM
Rigoletto Rigoletto

Quinn Kelsey gives a commanding performance in the title role, alongside Erin Morley as Gilda and Stephen Costello as the Duke of Mantua.

on June 08, 2022 at 2:42 PM
La Gioconda La Gioconda

Live from La Scala, Ponchielli’s melodrama featuring Saioa Hernández, Daniela Barcellona, Erwin Schrott, Anna Maria Chiuri, Fabio Sartori Stefano La Colla and Roberto Frontali, conducted by Frédéric Chaslin.

on June 07, 2022 at 6:44 AM
Hamlet Hamlet

Allan Clayton stars as Shakespeare’s tortured Dane, alongside Brenda Rae as Ophelia, Sarah Connolly as Gertrude, Rod Gilfry as Claudius, and John Relyea as the ghost of Hamlet’s father.

on June 04, 2022 at 12:00 PM
Wave the flag Wave the flag

A very political month indeed focused sharply on the Met’s revival of Turandot.

on June 01, 2022 at 8:30 AM
The Rake’s Progress The Rake’s Progress

Maestro Susanna Mälkki (not pictured) leads Stravinsky’s ingenious neoclassical satire.

on May 30, 2022 at 5:48 PM
Experience has made me rich Experience has made me rich

Happy 51st birthday to Broadway and soundtrack diva Idina Menzel.

on May 30, 2022 at 4:05 AM
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