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.


Gloriana Gloriana

Susan Bullock, Toby Spence and Kate Royal star in Benjamin Britten‘s 1953 opera.

on May 05, 2020 at 12:35 PM
Le nozze di Figaro Le nozze di Figaro

The cream of the Met’s 1990s roster join forces for a controversial* staging of Mozart’s comedy.

on May 04, 2020 at 5:59 PM
The Bartered Bride The Bartered Bride

Video from the January 6, 2019 performance at the Bayerische Staatsoper.

on May 04, 2020 at 12:40 PM
A gala day is enough for me A gala day is enough for me

The discussion of the Metropolitan Opera’s “At-Home Gala” set a new record for parterre box articles, with 11,590 pageviews and 1,877 comments!

on May 04, 2020 at 11:24 AM
Rosalind Elias 1930-2020 Rosalind Elias 1930-2020

The stalwart Met mezzo-soprano died earlier today.

on May 03, 2020 at 8:52 PM
Prince Igor Prince Igor

Oksana Dyka, Anita Rachvelishvili and Ildar Abdrazakov star in this Live in HD video from March 1, 2014.

on May 03, 2020 at 5:36 PM
Iphigénie en Tauride Iphigénie en Tauride

Staatsoper Stuttgart continues it s#OpertrotzCorona series.

on May 03, 2020 at 12:35 PM
Luisa Miller Luisa Miller

Sonya Yoncheva stars in the title role of Verdi’s stirring drama, opposite Piotr Beczala as her lover, Rodolfo.

on May 02, 2020 at 6:16 PM
Mitridate, Re di Ponto Mitridate, Re di Ponto

“The efforts long ago of the king of Pontus to resist Roman domination of the Mediterranean remind us of recent attempts by some European leaders to change the rules of the Union.”

on May 02, 2020 at 11:30 AM
Aida Aida

The legendary opera farewell of Miss Leontyne Price, as transmitted live on January 3, 1985.

on May 01, 2020 at 3:58 PM
Maggio Musicale Fiorentino At- Home Concert Maggio Musicale Fiorentino At- Home Concert

Alexander Pereira presents Cecilia Bartoli, Vittorio Grigolo, Mikhail Petrenko, Diana Damrau, Ludovic Tézier, Francesco Meli, Lisette Oropesa, Luca Salsi, Thomas Hampson, Krassimira Stoyanova, Michele Pertusi, Eva Mei, Leo Nucci, Sonya Yoncheva, Fabio Sartori, Anna Pirozzi and Saioa Hernández performing live from their respective living rooms.

on May 01, 2020 at 12:43 PM
Marnie Marnie

Isabel Leonard stars as Nico Muhly‘s enigmatic heroine.

on April 30, 2020 at 5:30 PM
Les Troyens Les Troyens

With Anna Caterina Antonacci (Cassandre), Brandon Jovanovich (Enée) and Joyce DiDonato (Didon).

on April 30, 2020 at 12:24 PM
Roberto Devereux Roberto Devereux

Sondra Radvanovsky stars as Queen Elizabeth I, with Matthew Polenzani in the title role, Elina Garanca and Mariusz Kwiecien.

on April 29, 2020 at 6:49 PM
Simon Boccanegra Simon Boccanegra

From the Rome Opera in 2012 conducted by Riccardo Muti.

on April 29, 2020 at 11:37 AM
Maria Stuarda Maria Stuarda

Joyce DiDonato, Elza van den Heever and Matthew Polenzani star in this Live in HD presentation from January 19, 2013.

on April 28, 2020 at 5:30 PM
Il trovatore Il trovatore

“A Colossal Il Trovatore in Beijing”

on April 28, 2020 at 12:16 PM
Anna Bolena Anna Bolena

Anna Netrebko takes on the title role!

on April 27, 2020 at 8:10 PM
Madama Butterfly Madama Butterfly

Kristine Opolais and Piero Pretti star in a performance from Vienna in 2016.

on April 27, 2020 at 12:06 PM
Take Me to the World Take Me to the World

Tout le monde assembles online to celebrate the 90th birthday of Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim.

on April 26, 2020 at 4:19 PM
Xerxes Xerxes

Stefan Herheim directs this Handel production for the Deutsche Oper am Rhein.

on April 26, 2020 at 1:02 PM
Metropolitan Opera At-Home Gala Metropolitan Opera At-Home Gala

Peter Gelb and Yannick Nézet-Séguin welcome over 40 Met stars to an online concert.

on April 25, 2020 at 10:00 AM
La traviata La traviata

Natalie Dessay, Matthew Polenzani and Dmitri Hvorostovsky star in this Live in HD video from April 14, 2012.

on April 24, 2020 at 6:17 PM
Il viaggio a Reims Il viaggio a Reims

Patrizia Ciofi, Daniela Barcellona, Annick Massis, Carmela Remigio and Juan Francisco Gatell are heard in this 2009 performance from La Scala.

on April 24, 2020 at 12:00 PM
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