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.


Domingo jumps (or was pushed?) Domingo jumps (or was pushed?)

“The Met and Mr. Domingo are in agreement that he needed to step down”

on September 24, 2019 at 5:22 PM
Separated at the bar line Separated at the bar line

Dueling Folies!

on September 24, 2019 at 12:20 PM
I’m so happy I can’t stop crying I’m so happy I can’t stop crying

On this day in 1982 Eva Marton made her Met role debut as La Gioconda opposite Plácido Domingo, Bruna Baglioni and Cornell MacNeil.

on September 24, 2019 at 8:57 AM
Grigolo, a groper? Grigolo, a groper?

Vittorio Grigolo has been suspended from the Royal Opera House’s touring production of Faust in Japan.

on September 23, 2019 at 11:32 PM
Porgy and Bess Porgy and Bess

The first livestream of the 2019-2020 Metropolitan Opera Season begins at 5:30 for the cher public’s delight!

on September 23, 2019 at 3:39 PM
Madama Butterfly Madama Butterfly

From the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège. The stream goes live at 2:30 PM.

on September 21, 2019 at 12:00 PM
“Among others” “Among others”

“Here’s just one more catastrophic crisis — and it seems that at the Met, sufficiently powerful, popular men are beyond reproach.”

on September 20, 2019 at 12:21 PM
Someday my prince will come Someday my prince will come

Yusif Eyvazov will sing Calàf in the October 3, 6, 9, and 12 Met performances of Puccini’s Turandot.

on September 19, 2019 at 11:42 AM
Tragic mike Tragic mike

The Metropolitan Opera Guild has come such a long way since the days of dear Mrs. August Belmont!

on September 18, 2019 at 6:10 PM
Better get there soon Better get there soon

Born on this day in 1933 actress Dorothy Loudon.

on September 17, 2019 at 10:26 AM
Things go better with woke Things go better with woke

“This influx comes during a time in which opera companies around the country… are struggling to compete with the addictive quick-pleasure center that is the smart phone.”

on September 16, 2019 at 9:03 PM
“I am grateful that my horizons were not narrowed at the outset” “I am grateful that my horizons were not narrowed at the outset”

Happy 74th birthday soprano Jessye Norman.

on September 15, 2019 at 11:19 AM
Broadcast: Last Night at the Proms Broadcast: Last Night at the Proms

Jamie Barton graces the Last Night at the Proms starting at 2:00 PM EDT.

on September 14, 2019 at 12:26 PM
Anticipation Anticipation

Fire up your calendars, cher public! The quintet of parterre box scribes who will be reviewing New York area performance are ready to share with you their choices for Must See Opera in the fall of 2019! 

on September 13, 2019 at 9:00 AM
Where’er you woke Where’er you woke

Our Own Jamie Barton graces the Last Night of the Proms with her “queer fat femme energy.”

on September 12, 2019 at 1:26 PM
Funny fascist Funny fascist

Leave it to Opera News to whitewash the revolting reactionary politics of Franco Zeffirelli.

on September 12, 2019 at 11:01 AM
Wolf whistle Wolf whistle

Sam Neuman shares tips and tricks for behaving like a cultured person at the opera.

on September 10, 2019 at 1:09 PM
My name is Barbuta My name is Barbuta

Queen of the Photo Shoot Cecilia Bartoli has done it again.

on September 10, 2019 at 12:50 PM
Cold dead hands Cold dead hands

The press department at the English National Opera is considering a revamp of the company’s press seating policy.

on September 08, 2019 at 12:39 PM
Broadcast: Das Rheingold Broadcast: Das Rheingold

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts this live performance from the Finnish National Opera.

on September 07, 2019 at 11:32 AM
Folle amore! Folle ebbrezza! Folle amore! Folle ebbrezza!

Happy 54th birthday soprano Angela Gheorghiu.

on September 07, 2019 at 11:14 AM
Romeo and politics Romeo and politics

La Cieca is informed that the opening night of San Francisco Opera’s Roméo et Juliette was delayed by an “Impeach Trump” demonstration, with hundreds of flyers dropped into the auditorium.

on September 07, 2019 at 3:17 AM
Full house Full house

Yusif Eyvazov will sing Hermann in the performances of Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades on December 8, 14, and 21, replacing Aleksandrs Antonenko.”

on September 06, 2019 at 11:06 AM
Unsex me here Unsex me here

An “Anti-Harassment Workshop” was scheduled at the Met today in the same room where Plácido Domingo was rehearsing for this season’s revival of Macbeth.

on September 05, 2019 at 7:53 PM
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