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.


Heartfelt Heartfelt

Countertenor sensation Jakub Jozef Orlinski sings “Pena tiranna” from Handel’s Amadigi di Gaula.

on November 07, 2019 at 1:15 PM
Count your blessings Count your blessings

Etienne Dupuis will sing the Count in the February 5, 8, and 11 performances of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, replacing Mariusz Kwiecien.

on November 06, 2019 at 3:52 PM
The body electric The body electric

“Asked to Perform Naked, This Is How One Star Got in Shape—Fast”

on November 05, 2019 at 12:24 PM
Art is domination Art is domination

On this day in 1995 Terrence McNally‘s play Master Class opened on Broadway at the Golden Theatre, to run 598 performances.

on November 05, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Orfeo ed Euridice Orfeo ed Euridice

Gluck’s masterpiece returns to the streamwaves tonight for your listening and chatting pleasure.

on November 01, 2019 at 6:45 PM
A word from our sponsors A word from our sponsors

Let’s hear a resounding round of applause for parterre box‘s advertisers for the month of November:

on November 01, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Design for living Design for living

Sadly, the news of the passing of two beloved artists provided much of the traffic on parterre box last month.

on November 01, 2019 at 9:00 AM
Tony One-Note Tony One-Note

“Tony could only sing one note and the note he sang was this…”

on October 27, 2019 at 3:53 PM
La bohème La bohème

The season premiere of the Met’s sempiternal warhorse begins tonight at 7:25.

on October 25, 2019 at 4:15 PM
Where the elite meet Where the elite meet

Of more than 13,000 tickets to the ROH’s Fidelio starring Jonas Kaufmann, only “hundreds” will be made available to the public.

on October 23, 2019 at 6:47 PM
Rochelle, Rochelle Rochelle, Rochelle

She’s traveled the world from Moscow to Minsk.

on October 23, 2019 at 12:40 PM
Situation critical Situation critical

With all the greatest respect for Jessye Norman as an artist, I do wish people would stop quoting her vain and defensive statements about critics as if she were some kind of oracle.

on October 22, 2019 at 11:03 AM
Meet rack Meet rack

Jonas Kaufmann is among the top talent gathered for a program offering hands-on experience in the discipline of your choice.

on October 21, 2019 at 4:09 PM
“Due to a family situation in Europe” “Due to a family situation in Europe”

Ildar Abdrazakov has had to withdraw from LOC’s Don Giovanni.

on October 17, 2019 at 12:16 PM
The masked singer The masked singer

On this day in 1991 soprano Deborah Voigt made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Amelia.

on October 17, 2019 at 9:47 AM
Past and furious Past and furious

An “opera critic” is still terrified of productions that closed a generation ago.

on October 16, 2019 at 5:04 PM
Porgy and Bess Porgy and Bess

A second helping of The Gershwins’ gorgeous folk opera from the Met.

on October 16, 2019 at 4:00 PM
Sneer and sneer again Sneer and sneer again

Separated at smirk: base George Sanders and bass René Pape.

on October 16, 2019 at 2:10 PM
What opera is this, anyway? What opera is this, anyway?

“I showed up at dress rehearsal and doggone it, they were doing Turandot instead. Was my face ever red!”

on October 15, 2019 at 11:41 AM
Shout it out loud Shout it out loud

On this day in 1976 soprano Hildegard Behrens made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Giorgetta in Il tabarro.

on October 15, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Who’s that girl? Who’s that girl?

Here’s a look at the genuinely sensational performance by Asmik Grigorian in a new Manon Lescaut in Frankfurt.

on October 13, 2019 at 6:23 PM
The Bassarids The Bassarids

Video webcast from the Komische Oper, Berlin.

on October 13, 2019 at 12:51 PM
Madama Butterfly Madama Butterfly

Puccini’s perennial tearjerker returns to the Met repertoire tonight.

on October 11, 2019 at 3:40 PM
The baton is passed The baton is passed

Chorus girls declare red alert.

on October 08, 2019 at 1:41 PM
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