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.


Il trovatore Il trovatore

Starring Anna Netrebko, Dolora Zajick, Yonghoon Lee, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Stefan Kocán, conducted by Marco Armiliato. From October 3, 2015.

on August 25, 2020 at 6:31 PM
Giovanna d’Arco Giovanna d’Arco

Verdi’s Giovanna d’Arco in a rare NYC concert performance with Margaret Price, Carlo Bergonzi and Sherrill Milnes.

on August 25, 2020 at 12:46 PM
Rigoletto Rigoletto

Starring Diana Damrau, Oksana Volkova, Piotr Beczala, Zeljko Lucic and Stefan Kocán, conducted by Michele Mariotti. From February 16, 2013.

on August 24, 2020 at 6:06 PM
I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata

To vary and expand the Met’s “rerun” week of telecasts of Verdi operas, our own Christopher Corwin has selected a group of earlier and lesser-known works by that composer from the vast “Trove Thursday” collection for afternoon listening.

on August 24, 2020 at 11:25 AM
Hansel and Gretel Hansel and Gretel

Starring Judith Blegen, Frederica von Stade, Jean Kraft, Rosalind Elias and Michael Devlin, conducted by Thomas Fulton. From December 25, 1982.

on August 23, 2020 at 5:34 PM
Denial Denial

“It was the one-armed man,” the veteran tenor explained.

on August 23, 2020 at 1:43 PM
Il barbiere di Siviglia Il barbiere di Siviglia

Starring Kathleen Battle, Rockwell Blake, Leo Nucci, Enzo Dara and Ferruccio Furlanetto, conducted by Ralf Weikert. From December 3, 1988.

on August 22, 2020 at 5:19 PM
Aida Aida

Riccardo Muti conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

on August 22, 2020 at 11:48 AM
Simon Boccanegra Simon Boccanegra

Starring Adrianne Pieczonka, Marcello Giordani, Plácido Domingo and James Morris, conducted by James Levine. From February 6, 2010.

on August 21, 2020 at 3:41 PM
“You know a lot when you’re 16” “You know a lot when you’re 16”

Born on this day in 1896 soprano, newspaper columnist, voice teacher and novelist Queena Mario.

on August 21, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Un ballo in maschera Un ballo in maschera

Starring Aprile Millo, Harolyn Blackwell, Florence Quivar, Luciano Pavarotti and Leo Nucci, conducted by James Levine. From January 26, 1991.

on August 20, 2020 at 4:30 PM
Eugene Onegin Eugene Onegin

Starring Anna Netrebko, Elena Maximova, Alexey Dolgov, Peter Mattei and Stefan Kocán, conducted by Robin Ticciati. From April 22, 2017.

on August 19, 2020 at 3:30 PM
Francesca da Rimini Francesca da Rimini

Starring Renata Scotto, Plácido Domingo and Cornell MacNeil, conducted by James Levine. From April 7, 1984.

on August 18, 2020 at 3:29 PM
Tosca Tosca

Starring Patricia Racette, Roberto Alagna, and George Gagnidze conducted by Riccardo Frizza. From November 9, 2013.

on August 17, 2020 at 5:30 PM
Luisa Miller Luisa Miller

Starring Renata Scotto, Plácido Domingo, Sherrill Milnes, Bonaldo Giaiotti and James Morris, conducted by James Levine. From January 20, 1979.

on August 16, 2020 at 4:16 PM
Roberto Alagna and Aleksandra Kurzak Roberto Alagna and Aleksandra Kurzak

“The dynamic husband-and-wife duo of tenor Roberto Alagna and soprano Aleksandra Kurzak give a concert of arias and duets, accompanied by string quintet, from an outdoor terrace in Èze, France, with a spectacular view of the Mediterranean.”

on August 16, 2020 at 11:47 AM
La bohème La bohème

Starring Kristine Opolais, Susanna Phillips, Vittorio Grigolo, Massimo Cavalletti, Patrick Carfizzi and Oren Gradus, conducted by Stefano Ranzani. From April 5, 2014.

on August 15, 2020 at 4:49 PM
“The great actors are the luminous ones” “The great actors are the luminous ones”

Born on this day in 1879 actress Ethel Barrymore.

on August 15, 2020 at 11:16 AM
Turandot Turandot

Starring Nina Stemme, Anita Hartig, Marco Berti and Alexander Tsymbalyuk, conducted by Paolo Carignani. From January 30, 2016.

on August 13, 2020 at 3:30 PM
NYCO, yet again? NYCO, yet again?

New York City Opera (remember them?) have announced a program for spring 2021, with repertoire consistent with the company’s recent policy of equal-opportunity pandering.

on August 13, 2020 at 10:58 AM
Rigoletto Rigoletto

Starring Christiane Eda-Pierre, Isola Jones, Luciano Pavarotti, Louis Quilico and Ara Berberian, conducted by James Levine. From December 15, 1981.

on August 12, 2020 at 6:15 PM
Future indefinite Future indefinite

Are plans for reopening America’s opera houses in the winter of 2020-2021 unrealistic?

on August 12, 2020 at 3:35 PM
“It’s the giant squid!” “It’s the giant squid!”

Born on this day in 1881 filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille.

on August 12, 2020 at 9:57 AM
Carmen Carmen

Starring Aleksandra Kurzak, Clémentine Margaine, Roberto Alagna and Alexander Vinogradov, conducted by Louis Langrée. From February 2, 2019.

on August 11, 2020 at 7:13 PM
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