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.

Hal Prince 1928–2019 Hal Prince 1928–2019

The theatrical producer and director, who was associated with many of the best-known Broadway musical productions of the 20th century, has died. He was 91.

on July 31, 2019 at 12:10 PM
Another sloe-eyed vamp Another sloe-eyed vamp

The Met Live in 2018-2020 HD series (including Joyce DiDonato‘s role debut as Carlotta Campion) is now on sale.

on July 30, 2019 at 5:17 PM
Broadcast: Parsifal Broadcast: Parsifal

Live from the Bayreuth Festival.

on July 30, 2019 at 9:00 AM
Broadcast: Agrippina Broadcast: Agrippina

Live from the Bayerische Staatsoper, Handel’s opera of intrigue.

on July 28, 2019 at 9:26 AM
“Dein brennend Haupt umwehe Kühle” “Dein brennend Haupt umwehe Kühle”

The burn here surely is the Publikum’s applause.

on July 27, 2019 at 2:10 PM
Broadcasts from Bayreuth and Salzburg Broadcasts from Bayreuth and Salzburg

Your choice this afternoon, cher public, as a very busy Saturday offers two very important broadcasts.

on July 27, 2019 at 9:00 AM
Adieu notre petite condo Adieu notre petite condo

“Ms. Fleming said she has spent many hours tending to plants on her terrace, and has hosted evening dinner parties under its wisteria-clad trellis.”

on July 26, 2019 at 4:19 PM
Broadcast: Lohengrin Broadcast: Lohengrin

Live from the Bayreuth festival, beginning at 10:00 AM.

on July 26, 2019 at 8:53 AM
Broadcast: Tannhäuser Broadcast: Tannhäuser

The opening of the 2019 Bayreuth season.

on July 25, 2019 at 8:30 AM
Sous le ciel de Paris Sous le ciel de Paris

Alexander Neef (currently Canadian Opera Company’s General Director and Santa Fe Opera’s Artistic Director) will succeed Stéphane Lissner as chief at the Opéra de Paris.

on July 24, 2019 at 9:27 AM
Sussex appeal Sussex appeal

Countertenor Jakub Jozef Orlinski will jump into Glyndebourne Opera’s production of Handel’s Rinaldo after mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong pulled out “for personal reasons.”

on July 24, 2019 at 9:02 AM
“I’m here, I’m queer, morir” “I’m here, I’m queer, morir”

“Turandot is visibly stirred by Liù’s self-sacrifice and she caresses her dead body. Just after Calaf kisses her, she takes her headdress off and comes out as a gay woman.”

on July 23, 2019 at 4:12 PM
Kommen Sie und hören Sie das Wiegenlied des Broadway! Kommen Sie und hören Sie das Wiegenlied des Broadway!

The Bayerische Staatsorchester with General Music Director Kirill Petrenko plays music by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Frederick Loewe, Leonard Bernstein, Rodgers and Hammerstein and more.

on July 20, 2019 at 12:59 PM
It ain’t necessarily hojotoho It ain’t necessarily hojotoho


on July 19, 2019 at 10:29 AM
Muh booklet Muh booklet

“Will no one shed a tear for obsolescent analog technology?”

on July 17, 2019 at 10:17 AM
Venusberg in furs Venusberg in furs

Le Gateau Chocolat will make his Bayreuth Festival debut in a new production of Tannhäuser on July 25.

on July 12, 2019 at 4:31 PM
Ah tweet mystery of life Ah tweet mystery of life

“…newfound celebrity on Twitter, where she is beloved by some of opera’s most ardent fans.”

on July 12, 2019 at 2:29 PM
Town of nets Town of nets

The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, broadcast live from Aix-en-Provence, begins at 2:00 PM.

on July 11, 2019 at 1:50 PM
21st century blues 21st century blues

Will idea-free “think” pieces by millennials (among others) kill opera?

on July 11, 2019 at 11:35 AM
Bold faced names Bold faced names

It’s good to see our old friends at Mad Libs are commissioning contemporary classical music.

on July 10, 2019 at 3:19 PM
Broadcast: Tosca Broadcast: Tosca

The “duelling divas” Tosca starring Angel Blue and Catherine Malfitano, a live webcast from Aix-en-Provence, is starting now!

on July 09, 2019 at 3:32 PM
Little Miss Divina Little Miss Divina

Can you imagine the filmmakers’ embarrassment when they suddenly realized they’d made a movie about Maria Callas by mistake?

on July 08, 2019 at 10:27 AM
Broadcast: Salome Broadcast: Salome

Marlis Petersen is the obsessed princess.

on July 06, 2019 at 10:00 AM
“Madame is the greatest star of them all” “Madame is the greatest star of them all”

“What happens when that music no longer comes easily, or when the public’s attention shifts elsewhere?”

on July 05, 2019 at 2:13 PM
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