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.


Falstaff Falstaff

Starring Mirella Freni, Barbara Bonney, Marilyn Horne, Susan Graham, Paul Plishka, Frank Lopardo, and Bruno Pola, conducted by James Levine. Production by Franco Zeffirelli. From October 10, 1992.

on March 02, 2021 at 5:16 PM
Don Pasquale Don Pasquale

Starring Beverly Sills, Alfredo Kraus, Håkan Hagegård, and Gabriel Bacquier, conducted by Nicola Rescigno. Production by John Dexter. From January 11, 1979.

on March 01, 2021 at 6:49 PM
Expansion and ostentation Expansion and ostentation

February was a month for diva admiration on parterre box.

on March 01, 2021 at 1:07 PM
Il Trovatore Il Trovatore

Starring Anna Netrebko, Dolora Zajick, Yonghoon Lee, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, conducted by Marco Armiliato. Production by Sir David McVicar. From October 3, 2015.

on February 28, 2021 at 4:51 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. Production by David Alden. From December 8, 2012.

on February 27, 2021 at 6:30 PM
Sonya Yoncheva in Germany Sonya Yoncheva in Germany

Sonya Yoncheva sings Verdi, Puccini, Massenet and much more!

on February 27, 2021 at 11:00 AM
La traviata La traviata

Starring Natalie Dessay, Matthew Polenzani, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, conducted by Fabio Luisi. Production by Willy Decker. From April 14, 2012.

on February 26, 2021 at 5:03 PM
Ernani Ernani

Starring Angela Meade, Marcello Giordani, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, and Ferruccio Furlanetto, conducted by Marco Armiliato. Production by Pier Luigi Samaritani. From February 25, 2012.

on February 25, 2021 at 6:35 PM
Isn’t it bliss? Isn’t it bliss?

On this day in 1973, the Prince-Sondheim musical A Little Night Music opened at the Shubert Theatre, to run 601 performances.

on February 25, 2021 at 8:00 AM
Eugene Onegin Eugene Onegin

Starring Renée Fleming, Ramón Vargas, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, conducted by Valery Gergiev. Production by Robert Carsen. From February 24, 2007.

on February 24, 2021 at 5:38 PM
Put a ‘Ring’ on it Put a ‘Ring’ on it

The eventually reopened Metropolitan Opera promises a swift return to its status quo ante as a farm team for the English National Opera, sharing the London company’s new Ring cycle directed by vieillard terrible Richard Jones.

on February 24, 2021 at 12:20 PM
The Makropulos Case The Makropulos Case

With Laura Aikin, Ludovit Ludha, Thomas Ebenstein, Margarita Gritskova, Markus Marquardt and Heinz Zednik.

on February 24, 2021 at 11:58 AM
The Queen of Spades The Queen of Spades

Starring Galina Gorchakova, Elisabeth Söderström, Plácido Domingo, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Nikolai Putilin, conducted by Valery Gergiev. Production by Elijah Moshinsky. From April 15, 1999.

on February 23, 2021 at 5:30 PM
Il Trovatore Il Trovatore

The Met kicks their off Dmitri Hvorostovsky Week with a performance also starring Sondra Radvanovsky, Dolora Zajick and Marcelo Álvarez, conducted by Marco Armiliato. Production by Sir David McVicar. From April 30, 2011.

on February 22, 2021 at 5:30 PM
Sissy that Walküre Sissy that Walküre

The tiny but mighty Divas In Drag Italian Opera Company returns with a true Gaysamtkunstwerk.

on February 22, 2021 at 3:23 PM
Starry heavens Starry heavens

From the Bayerische Staatsoper, an all-Beethoven program featuring Edwin Crossley-Mercer and Lise Davidsen.

on February 22, 2021 at 11:00 AM
La Rondine La Rondine

Angela Gheorghiu is Magda de Civry at the San Francisco Opera, 2007.

on February 21, 2021 at 5:20 PM
Carmen Carmen

With Anita Rachvelishvili, Piotr Beczala, Erwin Schrott, Vera-Lotte Boecker. Musical Direction: Andrés Orozco-Estrada. Production: Calixto Bieito.

on February 21, 2021 at 10:00 AM
Pretty in pink Pretty in pink

Born on this day in 1953 Broadway diva Christine Ebersole.

on February 21, 2021 at 8:00 AM
Carmen Carmen

Starring Angela Gheorghiu, Waltraud Meier, Plácido Domingo, and Sergei Leiferkus, conducted by James Levine. Production by Franco Zeffirelli. From March 25, 1997.

on February 20, 2021 at 6:06 PM
Salome Salome

Live from La Scala with Elena Stikhina, Wolfgang Koch, Gerhard Siegel and Linda Watson. Zubin Mehta Riccardo Chailly conducts.

on February 20, 2021 at 11:27 AM
Go west Go west

On this day in 2020 a restudied production of West Side Story opened on Broadway.

on February 20, 2021 at 8:00 AM
Don Giovanni Don Giovanni

Starring Carol Vaness, Karita Mattila, Dawn Upshaw, Jerry Hadley, Samuel Ramey, Ferruccio Furlanetto and Kurt Moll, conducted by James Levine. Production by Franco Zeffirelli. From April 5, 1990.

on February 19, 2021 at 5:30 PM
Young Toscanini Young Toscanini

For your afternoon delight: the campy 1988 Franco Zeffirelli biopic starring C. Thomas Howell, Elizabeth Taylor and the decidedly un-campy singing of Aprile Millo.

on February 19, 2021 at 12:00 PM
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