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.

L’elisir d’amore L’elisir d’amore

Aleksandra Kurzak and Xabier Anduaga star.

on April 26, 2023 at 6:28 PM
Idomeneo Idomeneo

Performance from October 20, 2022.

on April 22, 2023 at 10:00 AM
La bohème La bohème

Stephen Costello and Eleonora Buratto lead the bohemian pack this time around.

on April 21, 2023 at 4:00 PM
Tosca Tosca

“Soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska will sing the title role in Puccini’s Tosca on April 8 and 12, replacing Angela Gheorghiu, who is ill.”

on April 08, 2023 at 11:35 AM

The charismatic soprano has just canceled tomorrow afternoon’s performance of Tosca at the Met.

on April 07, 2023 at 10:08 PM
Siegfried Siegfried

From Stuttgart Opera, a performance from 2022.

on April 07, 2023 at 8:00 AM
Der Rosenkavalier Der Rosenkavalier

“The current Met revival, while not perfect, has much to feel joyful and excited about.”

on April 04, 2023 at 5:00 PM
Falstaff Falstaff

Today’s Met matinee broadcast is the final performance this season of the acclaimed revival of Verdi’s comedy.

on April 01, 2023 at 11:00 AM
Just once in a lifetime a diva knows a moment Just once in a lifetime a diva knows a moment

In the biggest story of March 2023, awesome Angela Meade pulled off the Einspring of the Year, saving the Met’s performance of Norma.

on April 01, 2023 at 9:55 AM
Der Rosenkavalier Der Rosenkavalier

This much-anticipated revival stars Lise Davidsen and Günther Groissböck.

on March 27, 2023 at 4:00 PM
Turandot Turandot

The complete new recording played by Radio Beethoven in Santiago, Chile.

on March 26, 2023 at 12:00 PM
Norma Norma

Helena Dix is our Druidess of the Day.

on March 25, 2023 at 10:25 AM
O, swear not by the matinee! O, swear not by the matinee!

Helena Dix goes on for the broadcast this afternoon!

on March 25, 2023 at 9:29 AM
Falstaff Falstaff

Another broadcast of one of the Met’s finest revivals of the season.

on March 23, 2023 at 4:00 PM
O,  swear not by the moon O,  swear not by the moon

“For this evening’s performance of Norma (March 22, 2023), Norma will now be sung by Helena Dix, replacing Sonya Yoncheva.”

on March 22, 2023 at 12:00 PM
Virginia Zeani  1925-2023 Virginia Zeani  1925-2023

We have just read the sad news.

on March 20, 2023 at 9:49 PM
Lohengrin Lohengrin

“I greatly enjoyed the musical interpretation as a whole, even if I felt that many of the singers seemed a little lost, mismatched, or out-of-place in François Girard’s production.”

on March 18, 2023 at 9:00 AM
Falstaff Falstaff

“In its current Met revival, happily, Falstaff has everything it needs.”

on March 16, 2023 at 5:13 PM
If it makes you happy If it makes you happy

Protean Anna Netrebko has booked her first performances of Ponchielli’s La Gioconda .

on March 16, 2023 at 10:28 AM
La traviata La traviata

Angel Blue’s “experience in the role shows as the voice sails over the arching lines of Verdi’s cantilena like liquid velvet.”

on March 11, 2023 at 12:00 PM
Norma Norma

Celebrate International Women’s Day 2023 with a broadcast of Bellini’s masterpiece.

on March 08, 2023 at 1:07 PM
Voyna i mir Voyna i mir

Vladimir Jurowski conducts a new production by Dmitri Tcherniakov of Prokofiev’s epic. Streamed live from the Bayerische Staatsoper.

on March 05, 2023 at 8:00 AM
La favorita La favorita

Today’s “Listeners’ Choice” is a broadcast of Donizetti’s opera from March 11, 1978.

on March 04, 2023 at 11:19 AM
Lohengrin Lohengrin

Piotr Beczala is the Grail Knight in tonight’s live broadcast.

on March 02, 2023 at 4:00 PM