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.


Souffles de dieu! Souffles de dieu!

On this day in 1894 Massenet’s Thaïs premiered in Paris.

on March 16, 2021 at 8:00 AM
Les Contes d’Hoffmann Les Contes d’Hoffmann

Starring Anna Netrebko, Kathleen Kim, Ekaterina Gubanova, Kate Lindsey, Joseph Calleja, and Alan Held, conducted by James Levine. Production by Bartlett Sher. From December 19, 2009.

on March 15, 2021 at 6:28 PM
Aida Aida

Elena Guseva, Gregory Kunde and Ekaterina Gubanova star in this performance from the Vienna State Opera.

on March 15, 2021 at 1:00 PM
Tosca Tosca

Starring Sonya Yoncheva, Vittorio Grigolo, Željko Lucic, and Patrick Carfizzi, conducted by Emmanuel Villaume. Production by Sir David McVicar. From January 27, 2018.

on March 14, 2021 at 8:11 PM
Francesca da Rimini Francesca da Rimini

A new production by Christof Loy from the the Deutsche Oper Berlin features Sara Jakubiak, Ivan Inverardi, Jonathan Tetelman and Charles Workman conducted by Carlo Rizzi.

on March 14, 2021 at 4:12 AM
Andrea Chénier Andrea Chénier

Starring Maria Guleghina, Wendy White, Stephanie Blythe, Luciano Pavarotti, and Juan Pons, conducted by James Levine. Production by Nicolas Joël. From October 15, 1996.

on March 13, 2021 at 5:35 PM
Die Walküre Die Walküre

From San Francisco Opera: Iréne Theorin, Karita Mattila, Jamie Barton, Brandon Jovanovich and Greer Grimsley perform under the baton of celebrated conductor Sir Donald Runnicles.

on March 13, 2021 at 11:00 AM
Fedora Fedora

Starring Mirella Freni, Ainhoa Arteta, Plácido Domingo, Dwayne Croft, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet, conducted by Roberto Abbado. Production by Beppe De Tomasi. From April 26, 1997.

on March 12, 2021 at 4:41 PM
Francesca da Rimini Francesca da Rimini

Starring Eva-Maria Westbroek, Marcello Giordani, Robert Brubaker, and Mark Delavan, conducted by Marco Armiliato. Production by Piero Faggioni. From March 16, 2013.

on March 11, 2021 at 6:58 PM
Adriana Lecouvreur Adriana Lecouvreur

A second serving of violet-scented melodrama, this time with Anna Netrebko, Anita Rachvelishvili, Piotr Beczala and Ambrogio Maestri.

on March 10, 2021 at 6:33 PM
Adriana Lecouvreur Adriana Lecouvreur

Kristine Opolais leads the cast in a film created by the Teatro Comunale Bologna.

on March 10, 2021 at 11:23 AM
Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci

Starring Eva-Maria Westbroek, Marcelo Álvarez, and George Gagnidze; Patricia Racette, Marcelo Álvarez, George Gagnidze, and Lucas Meachem, conducted by Fabio Luisi. Production by Sir David McVicar. From April 25, 2015.

on March 09, 2021 at 6:07 PM
Manon Lescaut Manon Lescaut

Starring Renata Scotto, Plácido Domingo, Pablo Elvira, and Renato Capecchi, conducted by James Levine. Production by Gian Carlo Menotti. From March 29, 1980.

on March 08, 2021 at 5:44 PM
She came at me in sections She came at me in sections

Born on this day in 1922 dancer and actress Cyd Charisse.

on March 08, 2021 at 8:00 AM
La Forza del Destino La Forza del Destino

Starring Leontyne Price, Giuseppe Giacomini, Leo Nucci, and Bonaldo Giaiotti, conducted by James Levine. Production by John Dexter. From March 24, 1984.

on March 07, 2021 at 5:38 PM
La traviata La traviata

Giacomo Sagripanti conducts a production by Simon Stone featuring Pretty Yende, Juan Diego Flórez and Igor Golovatenko.

on March 07, 2021 at 10:00 AM
“I begin by considering an effect” “I begin by considering an effect”

Born on this day in 1875 composer, pianist and conductor Maurice Ravel.

on March 07, 2021 at 8:00 AM
Rusalka Rusalka

Starring Renée Fleming, Emily Magee, Dolora Zajick, Piotr Beczala and John Relyea, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Production by Otto Schenk. From February 8, 2014.

on March 06, 2021 at 6:10 PM
Das Rheingold Das Rheingold

The first segment of San Francisco Opera’s Ring cycle featuring Greer Grimsley and Jamie Barton.

on March 06, 2021 at 10:12 AM
Peter Grimes Peter Grimes

Starring Patricia Racette, Anthony Dean Griffey, and Anthony Michaels-Moore, conducted by Sir Donald Runnicles. Production by John Doyle. From March 15, 2008.

on March 05, 2021 at 5:53 PM
“My religion was but a fragrance” “My religion was but a fragrance”

Born on this day in 1922 actor, director and screenwriter Pier Paolo Pasolini.

on March 05, 2021 at 7:34 AM
Die Zauberflöte Die Zauberflöte

To mark Women’s History Month, the Met presents Mozart’s seminal feminist work starring Golda Schultz, Kathryn Lewek, Charles Castronovo, Markus Werba, and René Pape, conducted by James Levine. Production by Julie Taymor. From October 14, 2017.

on March 04, 2021 at 5:16 PM
Die Walküre Die Walküre

Starring Hildegard Behrens, Jessye Norman, Christa Ludwig, Gary Lakes, James Morris, and Kurt Moll, conducted by James Levine. Production by Otto Schenk. From April 8, 1989.

on March 03, 2021 at 5:21 PM
Ariadne auf Naxos Ariadne auf Naxos

Christian Thielemann conducts Soile Isokoski, Johan Botha, Peter Mati?, Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Sophie Koch, Daniela Fally.

on March 03, 2021 at 12:55 PM
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