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.


‘Glass’ act ‘Glass’ act

Katharine Hepburn is better than I remembered, including making a reasonable attempt at a Southern accent. And, of course, there is distinctive star quality to burn, as well as interpretive intelligence.

on April 24, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Her name is Barbra Her name is Barbra

Happy 78th birthday singer, actress and filmmaker Barbra Streisand.

on April 24, 2020 at 8:00 AM
The Merry Widow The Merry Widow

Starring Renée Fleming, Kelli O’Hara and Nathan Gunn, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. From January 17, 2015.

on April 23, 2020 at 5:19 PM
L’elisir d’amore L’elisir d’amore

Ailyn Pérez, Matthew Polenzani and Ambrogio Maestri star in this 2015 live performance from Munich.

on April 23, 2020 at 11:54 AM
Les Contes d’Hoffmann Les Contes d’Hoffmann

Starring Anna Netrebko, Kathleen Kim, Ekaterina Gubanova, Joseph Calleja and Alan Held, conducted by James Levine.

on April 22, 2020 at 5:28 PM
Fidelio Fidelio

From April 29, 2019, a live performance from Vienna featuring Anne Schwanewilms and Brandon Jovanovich.

on April 22, 2020 at 12:00 PM
Tosca Tosca

Sonya Yoncheva heads the cast of this January 27, 2018 Live in HD telecast from the Met.

on April 21, 2020 at 6:08 PM
Hippolyte et Aricie Hippolyte et Aricie

Simon Rattle leads this performance from November 2018 at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden.

on April 21, 2020 at 12:09 PM
Elektra Elektra

This Met Live in HD video stars Nina Stemme, Adrianne Pieczonka, Waltraud Meier and Eric Owens, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen.

on April 20, 2020 at 5:00 PM
Boris Godunov Boris Godunov

Mussorgsky’s original 1868/69 version, as performed by the Bayerische Staatsoper.

on April 20, 2020 at 11:56 AM
Der Rosenkavalier Der Rosenkavalier

This Met Live in HD video stars Renée Fleming, Elina Garanca, Erin Morley and Günther Groissböck, conducted by Sebastian Weigle.

on April 19, 2020 at 5:22 PM
Capriccio Capriccio

From the Vienna State Opera with Camilla Nylund, conducted by Michael Boder.

on April 19, 2020 at 11:49 AM
Adriana Lecouvreur Adriana Lecouvreur

Cilea’s melodrama stars Anna Netrebko, Anita Rachvelishvili, Piotr Beczala and Ambrogio Maestri, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda.

on April 18, 2020 at 5:41 PM
Die Frau ohne Schatten Die Frau ohne Schatten

Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the Rotterdam Philharmonic in a performance recorded on February 17 at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris.

on April 18, 2020 at 1:13 PM
Music for a Weill Music for a Weill

Happy 72nd birthday soprano Catherine Malfitano.

on April 18, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Madama Butterfly Madama Butterfly

The Met’s “Viewers’ Choice” selection, with Patricia Racette, Marcello Giordani and Dwayne Croft, conducted by Patrick Summers.

on April 17, 2020 at 5:46 PM
I Capuleti e i Montecchi I Capuleti e i Montecchi

From Opernhaus Zurich starring Joyce DiDonato, Olga Kulchynska and Benjamin Bernheim, conducted by Fabio Luisi.

on April 17, 2020 at 11:52 AM
Queen of Kunst Queen of Kunst

Happy 80th birthday soprano/mezzo-soprano Anja Silja.

on April 17, 2020 at 11:01 AM
Le Comte Ory Le Comte Ory

Featuring a ménage à trois of talent: Juan Diego Flórez, Diana Damrau and Joyce DiDonato.

on April 16, 2020 at 6:42 PM
I Masnadieri I Masnadieri

From La Scala, featuring Lisette Oropesa, Fabio Sartori, Michele Pertusi and Massimo Cavalletti.

on April 16, 2020 at 11:56 AM
La rondine La rondine

Starring Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna, as transmitted live from the Met on January 10, 2009.

on April 15, 2020 at 5:58 PM
Demon Demon

From the summer of 2018, Rubinstein’s opera performed at Bard SummerScape.

on April 15, 2020 at 11:52 AM
Boris Godunov Boris Godunov

This Met Live in HD video from October 23, 2010 stars René Pape, conducted by Valery Gergiev.

on April 14, 2020 at 5:50 PM
I due Foscari I due Foscari

Verdi’s Byronic tragedy, from the Teatro Regio di Parma.

on April 14, 2020 at 12:22 PM
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