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.


Francesca da Rimini Francesca da Rimini

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

on December 17, 2020 at 5:00 PM
Les Troyens Les Troyens

Starring Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, Karen Cargill, Bryan Hymel, Eric Cutler, Dwayne Croft, and Kwangchoul Youn, conducted by Fabio Luisi. From January 5, 2013.

on December 16, 2020 at 4:30 PM
Lohengrin Lohengrin

More schwanning around, this time with Eva Marton, Leonie Rysanek, Peter Hofmann, Leif Roar and John Macurdy, conducted by James Levine. From January 10, 1986.

on December 15, 2020 at 4:04 PM
Euryanthe Euryanthe

From the Theater an der Wien, recorded in September 2018.

on December 15, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Samson et Dalila Samson et Dalila

Starring Elina Garanca, Roberto Alagna, Laurent Naouri, Elchin Azizov, and Dmitry Belosselskiy, conducted by Sir Mark Elder. From October 20, 2018.

on December 14, 2020 at 5:30 PM
La bohème La bohème

From San Francisco Opera: Michael Fabiano, Alexia Voulgaridou, Alexey Markov, Nadine Sierra, Christian Van Horn
and Hadleigh Adams star.

on December 13, 2020 at 3:00 PM
Lohengrin Lohengrin

Calixto Bieito directs Roberto Alagna, René Pape, Vida Mikneviciute, Ekaterina Gubanova and Martin Gantner in this livestream from the Staatsoper Unter den Linden.

on December 13, 2020 at 2:00 PM
Tosca Tosca

Live from the Vienna State Opera, starring Anna Netrebko, Yusif Eyvazov and Wolfgang Koch; Bertrand de Billy conducts.

on December 13, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

Starring Teresa Stratas, Astrid Varnay, Richard Cassilly, and Cornell MacNeil, conducted by James Levine. From November 27, 1979.

on December 12, 2020 at 3:12 PM
Bryn Terfel Live in Concert Bryn Terfel Live in Concert

Legendary bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel performs a holiday program with several special musical guests, live from Brecon Cathedral in his native Wales.

on December 12, 2020 at 11:00 AM
Porgy and Bess Porgy and Bess

Streaming and discussion begin at 7:30 PM. Photo: Ken Howard / Met Opera

on December 11, 2020 at 3:38 PM
Adriana Lecouvreur Adriana Lecouvreur

From the Vienna State Opera, with Angela Gheorghiu, Massimo Giordano, Elena Zhidkova and Roberto Frontali. Evelino Pidò conducts. Performance of February 22, 2014.

on December 11, 2020 at 9:00 AM
Hour of the Woolfe Hour of the Woolfe

New York Times Classical Music Editor Zachary Woolfe (pictured) joins #KikiKonversations with Karen Slack.

on December 10, 2020 at 4:38 PM
Anna Bolena Anna Bolena

With: Anna Netrebko, Elina Garanca, Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, Francesco Meli, Elisabeth Kulman; Evelino Pidò conducting.

on December 09, 2020 at 5:30 PM
Doctor Atomic Doctor Atomic

Starring Sasha Cooke, Thomas Glenn, Gerald Finley, Richard Paul Fink, and Eric Owens, conducted by Alan Gilbert. From November 8, 2008.

on December 08, 2020 at 5:46 PM
La fanciulla del West La fanciulla del West

With Nina Stemme, Jonas Kaufmann and Tomasz Konieczny conducted by Franz Welser-Möst.

on December 08, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Lockout! Lockout!

The Met is instituting a lockout of its Local One–represented employees (stagehands), effective at midnight tonight.

on December 07, 2020 at 2:04 PM
A riveder le stelle A riveder le stelle

La Scala opens with an ultra-starry gala.

on December 07, 2020 at 9:00 AM
Tosca Tosca

Starring Shirley Verrett, Luciano Pavarotti, and Cornell MacNeil, conducted by James Conlon. From December 19, 1978.

on December 06, 2020 at 5:41 PM
Featured actress Featured actress

Born on this day in 1900 actress Agnes Moorehead.

on December 06, 2020 at 1:25 AM
Ariadne auf Naxos Ariadne auf Naxos

Starring Jessye Norman, Kathleen Battle, Tatiana Troyanos and James King, conducted by James Levine. From March 12, 1988.

on December 05, 2020 at 4:51 PM
War and Peace War and Peace

Performance from March 2, 2002.

on December 05, 2020 at 9:46 AM
Carmen Carmen

Starring Barbara Frittoli, Elina Garanca, Roberto Alagna, and Teddy Tahu Rhodes, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. From January 16, 2010.

on December 04, 2020 at 5:06 PM
Pelléas et Mélisande Pelléas et Mélisande

From the Vienna State Opera: Alain Altinoglu leads Bernarda Fink, Adrian Eröd, Simon Keenlyside, Olga Bezsmertna, Maria Nazarova and Franz-Josef Selig.

on December 04, 2020 at 12:30 PM
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