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.

What comes naturally What comes naturally

On this day in 1946 Irving Berlin‘s Annie Get Your Gun opened at the Imperial Theatre, to run 1,147 performances.

on May 16, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Lucia di Lammermoor Lucia di Lammermoor

Veteran Donizetti stylists Joan Sutherland and Alfredo Kraus team for this 1982 telecast.

on May 15, 2020 at 4:20 PM
The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh

This presentation from the Dutch National Opera and Ballet begins streaming at 1:00 PM, one hour earlier than our usual afternoon discussion.

on May 15, 2020 at 11:53 AM
Peter Grimes Peter Grimes

Anthony Dean Griffey sings the title role in John Doyle‘s notorious lemon of a production.

on May 14, 2020 at 7:08 PM
Les Huguenots Les Huguenots

From the Grand Théâtre de Genève under the baton of Marc Minkowski.

on May 14, 2020 at 12:18 PM
Ariadne auf Naxos Ariadne auf Naxos

Majestic Jessye Norman in a legendary Met portrayal from 1987.

on May 13, 2020 at 5:55 PM
Halka Halka

A production from the Poznan Opera at Polish National Opera, as performed September 20, 2019.

on May 13, 2020 at 11:52 AM
Hey there, good times! Hey there, good times!

Born on this day in 1922 actress Bea Arthur.

on May 13, 2020 at 8:00 AM
The Tempest The Tempest

Conducted by the composer and starring Audrey Luna, Isabel Leonard, Alek Shrader, Alan Oke, and Simon Keenlyside. Transmitted live on November 10, 2012.

on May 12, 2020 at 6:16 PM
Thaïs Thaïs

A visually luxurious production from the Finnish National Opera and Ballet.

on May 12, 2020 at 12:14 PM
Werther Werther

Jonas Kaufmann makes the gigantic stretch of playing a melancholy artist.

on May 11, 2020 at 6:25 PM
Eugene Onegin Eugene Onegin

Asmik Grigorian stars as Tatiana in this video from the Komische Oper Berlin, directed by Barrie Kosky.

on May 11, 2020 at 11:59 AM
A happy song A happy song

On this day in 1965 the Kander-Ebb musical Flora, the Red Menace opened at the Alvin Theatre to run 87 performances.

on May 11, 2020 at 11:26 AM
Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci

The classic double bill of potboilers, as telecast in 2015.

on May 10, 2020 at 6:00 PM
Don Carlos Don Carlos

Gregory Kunde heads this cast of this new production from l’Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège.

on May 10, 2020 at 10:59 AM
The Opera House The Opera House

On what would have been the last night of the 2019–20 Met season, Susan Froemke’s acclaimed 2017 documentary.

on May 09, 2020 at 5:28 PM
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

As performed by the Finnish National Opera on 11 March 2019.

on May 09, 2020 at 12:48 PM
La bohème La bohème

Renata Scotto and Luciano Pavarotti star in this pioneering video from March 15, 1977.

on May 08, 2020 at 5:17 PM
Arabella Arabella

Is there ever enough Renée Fleming?

on May 08, 2020 at 12:22 PM
Capriccio Capriccio

Renée Fleming rocks a chin-length bob as Countess Madeleine in Richard Strauss’s final opera.

on May 07, 2020 at 6:20 PM
Les Contes d’Hoffmann Les Contes d’Hoffmann

“Director Krzysztof Warlikowski and conductor Alain Altinoglu take on the challenge of revealing the essence of a work in which time and space are merely the remnants of a crumbled mosaic.”

on May 07, 2020 at 12:00 PM
L’amour de Loin L’amour de Loin

Kaija Saariaho’s modern masterpiece, as transmitted live on December 10, 2016.

on May 06, 2020 at 6:45 PM
Wozzeck Wozzeck

Krzysztof Warlikowski directs Christopher Maltman and Eva-Maria Westbroek in this production from Dutch National Opera in 2017.

on May 06, 2020 at 12:31 PM
Hamlet Hamlet

Simon Keenlyside, Marlis Petersen, Jennifer Larmore and James Morris star in this Live in HD video from March 27, 2010.

on May 05, 2020 at 5:29 PM
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