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.


The Met and Anna Netrebko part ways The Met and Anna Netrebko part ways

“It is a great artistic loss for the Met and for opera,” said Met General Manager Peter Gelb.

on March 03, 2022 at 11:15 AM
A word from our sponsors A word from our sponsors

Thanks once again to our advertisers, who make free access to parterre box possible.

on March 01, 2022 at 11:24 AM
Anna: ‘Au revoir’ Anna: ‘Au revoir’

In a busy flurry of Instagram posts earlier today, Anna Netrebko announced a temporary withdrawal from her performing career.

on March 01, 2022 at 10:57 AM
Our retrospection will be all to the future Our retrospection will be all to the future

The Met’s new season, including Medea with Sondra Radvanovsky, set parterrian tongues wagging during the month of February 2022.

on March 01, 2022 at 10:37 AM
Don Carlos Don Carlos

Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads Matthew Polenzani in the title role, Sonya Yoncheva as Élisabeth de Valois, Jamie Barton as Eboli, Etienne Dupuis as Rodrigue, Eric Owens as Philippe II and John Relyea as the Grand Inquisitor.

on February 28, 2022 at 12:30 PM
Groundbreaking Artists on the Air Groundbreaking Artists on the Air

Highlights showcase the Met’s most revered African American stars.

on February 26, 2022 at 10:00 AM
The Metropolitan Opera’s 2022-2023 season announcement The Metropolitan Opera’s 2022-2023 season announcement

The Metropolitan Opera’s 2022-2023 season will offer seven new productions including the world-premiere staging of The Hours and the company premieres of Champion and Medea.

on February 23, 2022 at 12:00 PM
Antonietta Stella 1929-2022 Antonietta Stella 1929-2022

The celebrated Italian soprano died yesterday. She was 92.

on February 23, 2022 at 9:54 AM
Boris Godunov Boris Godunov

René Pape, the world’s reigning Boris, reprises his overwhelming portrayal of the tortured tsar in the original 1869 version of the opera.

on February 19, 2022 at 11:00 AM
American gongster American gongster

Tantalizing tenor Michael Fabiano adds a new role to his repertoire barely five weeks from today.

on February 17, 2022 at 12:44 PM
Die Tote Stadt Die Tote Stadt

A Willy Decker production, live from the Vienna State Opera.

on February 14, 2022 at 11:00 AM
Oh, brother! Oh, brother!

Born on this day in 1905 actress Thelma Ritter.

on February 14, 2022 at 9:29 AM
Verdi Requiem Verdi Requiem

Performance from September 11, 2021. Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Ailyn Pérez, Michelle DeYoung, Matthew Polenzani, Eric Owens.

on February 12, 2022 at 11:00 AM
As if we never said goodbye As if we never said goodbye

“As for next year, Gheorghiu makes an as-yet-unannounced return for the first time in seven years to the Met in New York.”

on February 08, 2022 at 4:58 PM
Manon Lescaut Manon Lescaut

Francesco Ivan Ciampa conducts Asmik Grigorian, Boris Pinkhasovich, Brian Jagde and Josh Lovell.

on February 07, 2022 at 10:00 AM
She likes to stretch her wings She likes to stretch her wings
on February 06, 2022 at 5:26 PM
The Met’s first decade on the air The Met’s first decade on the air

Historic moments from the 1930s and early 40s featuring stars such as Kirsten Flagstad, Lily Pons, Rosa Ponselle, Bidù Sayão, Jussi Bjoerling, Lauritz Melchior, Lawrence Tibbett, Leonard Warren, and Ezio Pinza

on February 05, 2022 at 12:55 PM
Sophisticated Lady Sophisticated Lady

On this day in 1959 soprano Leonie Rysanek made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Lady Macbeth.

on February 05, 2022 at 8:00 AM
Serve with caviar and vodka Serve with caviar and vodka

“It was all surprisingly good? Even the Party Pork, which has you marinate a piece of pork neck in vermouth and steak seasoning. It shouldn’t work, and yet it did.”

on February 03, 2022 at 11:34 AM
La forza del destino La forza del destino

In honor of Black History Month, the Met rebroadcasts a 1984 performance.

on February 02, 2022 at 4:00 PM
All I asp of you All I asp of you

San Francisco Opera prepares to barge down the Nile.

on February 02, 2022 at 12:54 PM
Until you play the palace Until you play the palace

Signs of new life at the Met caught the attention of parterrians in January.

on February 01, 2022 at 10:29 AM
Feel no pain Feel no pain

“The design of the Met’s new production [of Lucia di Lammermoor] by Simon Stone suggests a present-day American Rust Belt, an area once prosperous but now fallen into decline and neglect.”

on January 31, 2022 at 1:57 PM
Peter Grimes Peter Grimes

Jonas Kaufmann in the title role, with Lise Davidsen and Bryn Terfel from the Vienna State Opera.

on January 29, 2022 at 11:11 AM
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