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.


Happy Labor Day! Happy Labor Day!

Here’s ineffable Lainie Kazan, putting the “MDA” in the MDA Labor Day Telethon.

on September 07, 2020 at 10:32 AM
The Tempest The Tempest

Starring Audrey Luna, Isabel Leonard, Iestyn Davies, Alek Shrader, Alan Oke, William Burden, Toby Spence and Simon Keenlyside, conducted by Thomas Adès. From November 10, 2012.

on September 06, 2020 at 5:24 PM
7 Deaths of Maria Callas 7 Deaths of Maria Callas

An opera project by Marina Abramovic (2020) from the Bayerische Staatsoper.

on September 05, 2020 at 11:37 AM
Porgy and Bess Porgy and Bess

Starring Angel Blue, Golda Schultz, Latonia Moore, Denyce Graves, Frederick Ballentine, Eric Owens, Alfred Walker and Donovan Singletary, conducted by David Robertson. From February 1, 2020.

on September 04, 2020 at 4:11 PM
La Voix humaine La Voix humaine

Barbara Hannigan sings Poulenc’s monodrama led by Esa-Pekka Salonen.

on September 04, 2020 at 11:50 AM
Lulu Lulu

Starring Marlis Petersen, Susan Graham, Daniel Brenna, Paul Groves, Johan Reuter and Franz Grundheber, conducted by Lothar Koenigs. From November 21, 2015.

on September 03, 2020 at 5:35 PM
Billy Budd Billy Budd

Peter Mattei, one of my two favorite baritones these days, in an unexpected title role, Britten’s Billy Budd.”

on September 03, 2020 at 12:00 PM
Nixon in China Nixon in China

Starring Kathleen Kim, Janis Kelly, Robert Brubaker, Russell Braun, James Maddalena and Richard Paul Fink, conducted by John Adams. From February 12, 2011.

on September 02, 2020 at 5:10 PM
The triumph of the Undiva The triumph of the Undiva

Renée Fleming garnered a most un-unvdivaesque flurry of pageviews in August.

on September 02, 2020 at 1:54 PM
Vanessa Vanessa

 Samuel Barber’s gothic melodrama starring the great Carol Vaness.

on September 02, 2020 at 12:30 PM
Peter Grimes Peter Grimes

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

on September 01, 2020 at 7:07 PM
Wozzeck Wozzeck

In lieu of the geoblocked COVID Fan Tutte, here’s Berg’s Wozzeck featuring the incongruously glamorous Karita Mattila and Sir Simon Keenlyside as the doomed couple conducted by Sir Mark Elder.

on September 01, 2020 at 12:20 PM
Elektra Elektra

Starring Nina Stemme, Adrianne Pieczonka, Waltraud Meier, Burkhard Ulrich and Eric Owens, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. From April 30, 2016.

on August 31, 2020 at 5:31 PM
Oedipus Rex Oedipus Rex

In consonance with the Met’s evening programming this week of “20th Century and Beyond” works, we are proud to offer for your afternoon listening discussion Stravinsky’s opera-oratorio whatever-it-is featuring Jessye Norman.

on August 31, 2020 at 12:50 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 August 30, 2020 at 6:41 PM
Don Carlo Don Carlo

Starring Marina Poplavskaya, Anna Smirnova, Roberto Alagna, Simon Keenlyside, Ferruccio Furlanetto and Eric Halfvarson, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. From December 11, 2010.

on August 29, 2020 at 6:05 PM
The end of Columbia Artists The end of Columbia Artists

La Cieca has heard that Columbia Artists Management Inc. will cease operations on Monday, August 31.

on August 29, 2020 at 5:35 PM
Lise Davidsen in Oslo Lise Davidsen in Oslo

“A program of the soaring arias and songs that have rocketed her to stardom around the world: selections from Wagner’s Tannhäser, Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, and Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, as well as Scandinavian songs by Sibelius and Grieg.”

on August 29, 2020 at 11:07 AM
La traviata La traviata

Starring Diana Damrau, Juan Diego Flórez and Quinn Kelsey, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin (not pictured). From December 15, 2018.

on August 28, 2020 at 6:02 PM
Il corsaro Il corsaro

Michael Fabiano in one of his specialties as the dashing hero of Il corsaro torn between Tamara Wilson and Nicole Cabell.

on August 28, 2020 at 12:05 PM
Un ballo in maschera Un ballo in maschera

Starring Sondra Radvanovsky, Kathleen Kim, Stephanie Blythe, Marcelo Álvarez and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, conducted by Fabio Luisi. From December 8, 2012.

on August 27, 2020 at 5:22 PM
I masnadieri I masnadieri

A recent I Masnadieri with risen stars Lisette Oropesa and Russell Thomas.

on August 27, 2020 at 12:00 PM
Luisa Miller Luisa Miller

Starring Sonya Yoncheva, Olesya Petrova, Piotr Beczala, Plácido Domingo, Alexander Vinogradov and Dmitry Belosselskiy, conducted by Bertrand de Billy. From April 14, 2018.

on August 26, 2020 at 5:34 PM
Attila Attila

Today’s offering is an electric performance of Verdi’s early potboiler Attila conducted by Giuseppe Sinopoli with Nicolai GhiaurovPiero Cappuccilli and the weirdly exciting (or is it the other way around?) Mara Zampieri.

on August 26, 2020 at 12:41 PM
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