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.


Das Wunder der Heliane Das Wunder der Heliane

Conductor: Marc Albrecht; Director: Christof Loy – With Sara Jakubiak, Josef Wagner, Brian Jagde, Okka von der Damerau, Derek Welton, Burkhard Ulrich, Gideon Poppe; Chorus and Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

on February 18, 2021 at 5:58 PM
Aida Aida

At the Opéra Bastille, Verdi’s masterpiece is directed by Lotte de Beer and performed by Sondra Radvanovsky, Ksenia Dudnikova, Jonas Kaufmann and  Ludovic Tézier. Conducted by Michele Mariotti.

on February 18, 2021 at 11:30 AM
Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci

Starring Tatiana Troyanos, Jean Kraft, Plácido Domingo, and Vern Shinall; Teresa Stratas, Plácido Domingo, Sherrill Milnes, and Allan Monk, conducted by James Levine. Production by Franco Zeffirelli. From April 5, 1978.

on February 17, 2021 at 5:00 PM
Falstaff Falstaff

Starring Mirella Freni, Barbara Bonney, Marilyn Horne, Bruno Pola, and Paul Plishka, conducted by James Levine. Production by Franco Zeffirelli. From October 10, 1992.

on February 16, 2021 at 6:07 PM
La Bohème La Bohème

Starring Angela Gheorghiu, Ainhoa Arteta, Ramón Vargas, Ludovic Tézier, and Oren Gradus, conducted by Nicola Luisotti. Production by Franco Zeffirelli. From April 5, 2008.

on February 15, 2021 at 5:30 PM
Insult to injury Insult to injury

Just when you think opera has reached its peak and has nowhere else left to go, here is Anna Netrebko stabbing Scarpia in the dick with a crucifix.

on February 15, 2021 at 2:45 PM
Die Walküre Die Walküre

Starring Hildegard Behrens, Jessye Norman, Christa Ludwig, Gary Lakes, James Morris, and Kurt Moll, conducted by James Levine. Production by Otto Schenk. From April 8, 1989.

on February 14, 2021 at 4:27 PM
Les Troyens Les Troyens

Starring Tatiana Troyanos, Jessye Norman, Plácido Domingo, and Allan Monk, conducted by James Levine. Production by Fabrizio Melano. From October 8, 1983.

on February 13, 2021 at 10:49 AM
Der Freischütz Der Freischütz

From the Bayerische Staatsoper, Antonello Manacorda conducts a new production by Dmitri Tcherniakov featuring Golda Schultz, Anna Prohaska, Kyle Ketelsen and Pavel Cernoch.

on February 13, 2021 at 10:00 AM
Akhnaten Akhnaten

Starring Dísella Lárusdóttir, J’Nai Bridges, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Aaron Blake, Will Liverman, Richard Bernstein and Zachary James, conducted by Karen Kamensek. Production by Phelim McDermott. From November 23, 2019.

on February 12, 2021 at 5:30 PM
E sogno? o realness? E sogno? o realness?

Meet the Divas In Drag Italian Opera, “bringing to life operatic divas of the past, through drag-matic lip syncs.”

on February 12, 2021 at 11:46 AM
Manon Manon

“German stage director David Bösch, known for his modern, enigmatic productions which uncover the psychological depths of their characters, makes his Hamburg debut with Jules Massenet’s Parisian Belle Époque masterpiece, featuring shooting star Elsa Dreisig in the title role.”

on February 12, 2021 at 10:38 AM
“It’s quite a revolution, dear Christian!” “It’s quite a revolution, dear Christian!”

On this day in 1947 Christian Dior launched the so-called “New Look,” re-establishing Paris as the center of fashion.

on February 12, 2021 at 8:05 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. Production by Piero Faggioni. From January 26, 1991.

on February 11, 2021 at 5:30 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. Production by John Cox. From December 3, 1988.

on February 10, 2021 at 5:30 PM
La clemenza di Tito La clemenza di Tito

From the Vienna State Opera: Adam Fischer conducts Benjamin Bruns, Caroline Wenborne, Margarita Gritskova, Hila Fahima, Miriam Albano.

on February 10, 2021 at 11:53 AM
“Who I am is the best I can be” “Who I am is the best I can be”

Happy 94th birthday soprano Leontyne Price.

on February 10, 2021 at 6:26 AM
Ernani Ernani

Starring Leona Mitchell, Luciano Pavarotti, Sherrill Milnes, and Ruggero Raimondi, conducted by James Levine. Production by Pier Luigi Samaritani. From December 17, 1983.

on February 09, 2021 at 5:44 PM
Das Rheingold Das Rheingold

Starring Wendy Bryn Harmer, Stephanie Blythe, Patricia Bardon, Richard Croft, Gerhard Siegel, Dwayne Croft, Bryn Terfel, Eric Owens, Franz-Josef Selig, and Hans-Peter König, conducted by James Levine. Production by Robert Lepage. From October 9, 2010.

on February 08, 2021 at 5:30 PM
Tosca Tosca

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

on February 07, 2021 at 5:30 PM
Lohengrin Lohengrin

From the San Francisco Opera, starring Brandon Jovanovich, Camilla Nylund, Petra Lang, Gerd Grochowski and Kristinn Sigmundsson, conducted by Nicola Luisotti.

on February 07, 2021 at 12:00 PM
 Ariadne auf Naxos  Ariadne auf Naxos

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

on February 06, 2021 at 5:30 PM
Met Stars in Concert: Anna Netrebko in Vienna Met Stars in Concert: Anna Netrebko in Vienna

Anna Netrebko performs “a program of captivating Russian songs by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and Rimsky-Korsakov, as well as selections by Strauss, Debussy, Fauré, and more.” Live from Vienna’s historic Spanish Riding School.

on February 06, 2021 at 10:00 AM
Remote control Remote control

The Met Orchestra will stream a concert including the virtual participation of Angela Gheorghiu live from Bucharest.

on February 05, 2021 at 11:40 AM
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