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.


I know a Wiener man I know a Wiener man

Jonas Kaufmann IS Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde!

on July 03, 2019 at 8:05 PM
Blind spot Blind spot

Here’s some news you can use—if you can peek into the future and guess which tenor is jumping into a starring role at the Met this fall.

on July 03, 2019 at 11:40 AM
Blindsided Blindsided

Which superstar tenor is about to record a complete opera that surely sell lots of copies, causing his fans to rejoice?

on July 03, 2019 at 11:24 AM

The Royal Opera’s production of Bizet’s Carmen will be livestreamed for free starting at 1:30 PM today.

on July 02, 2019 at 11:00 AM
Wonder women Wonder women

[Twitter]  

on July 01, 2019 at 8:06 PM
And now a word for our sponsors And now a word for our sponsors

La Cieca and the gang down at parterre box want to express our gratitude to our advertisers.

on July 01, 2019 at 10:30 AM
Eyes that see in the dark Eyes that see in the dark

A detailed and persuasive review by Christian Ocier was the most popular post on parterre box for the month of June.

on July 01, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Broadcast: Cendrillon Broadcast: Cendrillon

The live telecast from the Glyndebourne Festival has just started!

on June 30, 2019 at 1:08 PM
Opera, queens Opera, queens

La Cieca hears that for the first time in recorded history, the Metropolitan Opera will have an official presence in the Pride March this Sunday.

on June 28, 2019 at 3:19 PM
He’s a Cat who has lived many lives in succession He’s a Cat who has lived many lives in succession

The Royal Opera Covent Garden is getting into the act with a star-studded revival of Cats featuring Sir Bryn Terfel (pictured) as “Old Deuteronomy.”

on June 28, 2019 at 10:44 AM
Peak gay achieved Peak gay achieved

“For five years, concert pianist Theo Mangrove has been living at his family’s home in East Kill, New York, recovering from a nervous breakdown that derailed his career.”

on June 26, 2019 at 3:39 PM
Say no to the dress Say no to the dress

This is just plain depressing.

on June 25, 2019 at 6:43 PM
Ev’rything’s coming up Renée! Ev’rything’s coming up Renée!

Noted method actress Reneé Fleming is caught up the glamour and footlights of it all.

on June 25, 2019 at 12:06 PM
Duvet sono Duvet sono

“I have been looking for a hydrangea print for years,” she told reporters.

on June 24, 2019 at 8:29 PM
Broadcast: Nabucco Broadcast: Nabucco

Live from the Zurich Opera, a new production of Verdi’s Biblical melodrama. The telecast begins at 1:00 PM.

on June 23, 2019 at 9:00 AM

From Twitter.

on June 21, 2019 at 5:55 PM
The queen is back The queen is back

Anna Caterina Antonacci headlines the New York City Opera’s 2019-2020 season with a one night only concert performance of Britten’s Gloriana.

on June 21, 2019 at 4:02 PM
The desert song The desert song

“Darn, it sure is hot in New Mexico.”

on June 21, 2019 at 2:00 PM
In the air tonight In the air tonight

Michael Fabiano sits down with Matt Baume on The Sewers of Paris podcast.

on June 20, 2019 at 4:42 PM
Bitch she’s loca Bitch she’s loca

Madonna‘s dream of singing at La Scala has been dashed!

on June 19, 2019 at 1:15 PM
Broadcast: I Masnadieri Broadcast: I Masnadieri

The opening night of a new production of Verdi’s opera (plus Lisette Oropesa‘s La Scala debut!) will be broadcast live starting at 2:00 PM.

on June 18, 2019 at 12:41 PM
Franco Zeffirelli 1923-2019 Franco Zeffirelli 1923-2019

The legendary opera and film director has died. He was 96.

on June 15, 2019 at 9:57 AM
Photo finish Photo finish

“Artists must at least be tethered to some amount of demonstrable empathy lest they risk the perception of solipsism.”

on June 14, 2019 at 10:46 AM
Pull quote Pull quote

“Short but straight backed, with broad shoulders and a broad smile, and equipped with marble arms whose contours are visible through his tailored black shirt, he communicates flexibility and easy control.”

on June 12, 2019 at 12:17 PM
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