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.


Voi sapete quel che fa Voi sapete quel che fa

If any more women come forth with sexual harassment accusations against Plácido Domingo, the Associated Press is going to have to hire Leporello to keep track.

on September 05, 2019 at 11:19 AM
They’ve got plenty of something They’ve got plenty of something

This season, the Metropolitan Opera offers the opportunity for “loyal supporter[s} of the Met” to revel in home versions of Live in HD telecasts for “a tax-deductible contribution of $10,000, over and above one’s current annual Patron commitment.”

on September 04, 2019 at 10:43 AM
West coast story West coast story

Pene Pati, originally scheduled to sing Romeo on October 1, will perform the role in all performances, replacing Bryan Hymel who has withdrawn for personal reasons.

on September 03, 2019 at 1:46 PM
Good authors, too, who once used better words Good authors, too, who once used better words

“Ein Wort. Adjektiv. Vier Buchstaben. Aber kein Four-Letter-Word. Dick. So wie dicker Baum, dicker Hund.”

on September 02, 2019 at 5:23 PM
For those about to frock For those about to frock

Says Jamie Barton: “It’s so important for me to stand up proudly as a bisexual woman.”

on September 01, 2019 at 12:00 PM
Locker room talk Locker room talk

The Great Domingo Question loomed above all other topics in the sleepy month of August.

on September 01, 2019 at 11:32 AM
Broadcast: Semiramide Broadcast: Semiramide

An integral performance recorded earlier this month at the Pesaro Festival.

on August 31, 2019 at 11:08 AM
Nè sul tuo regio sasso sperar soavi accenti Nè sul tuo regio sasso sperar soavi accenti

It’s time for Plácido Domingo to man up and withdraw from the Met’s 2019-2020 season.

on August 27, 2019 at 3:05 PM
Back down south Back down south

La Cieca is delighted to announce that friend of the box Jonathan Blalock has joined the Atlanta Opera as Individual Giving Officer.

on August 27, 2019 at 11:15 AM
Fortunate sun Fortunate sun

Bass Zachary James models his brand-new tattoo of the winged sun featured in the Philip Glass Akhnaten scenic design by Tom Pye.

on August 23, 2019 at 3:41 PM
Things go better without Koch Things go better without Koch

A multibillionaire right-winger—best remembered locally for plastering his name on the once-beloved New York State Theater at Lincoln Center—has died.

on August 23, 2019 at 11:39 AM
Nothing sacred Nothing sacred

It is indeed tragic when an ignorant mass of plebes like the opera public openly scoff at the venerated Western Enlightenment standard of Trial by Headline.

on August 21, 2019 at 2:27 AM
New face New face

Born on this day in 1923 actress and singer Alice Ghostley.

on August 14, 2019 at 1:23 PM
Agreeing to disagree Agreeing to disagree

“Pitting the eminent conductor James Levine against the Metropolitan Opera, which fired him in 2018 amid accusations of sexual misconduct…”

on August 06, 2019 at 5:44 PM
Carefully tautological Carefully tautological

Twitter.

on August 06, 2019 at 1:26 PM
No questions asked No questions asked

Anna Netrebko has canceled her Bayreuth debut this summer.

on August 05, 2019 at 12:44 PM
Broadcast: Die Zauberflöte Broadcast: Die Zauberflöte

The Glyndebourne Festival production of Mozart’s comic saga is telecast beginning at 12:30 PM New York time.

on August 04, 2019 at 12:01 PM
Broadcast: Verdi vs. Verdi Broadcast: Verdi vs. Verdi

It’s the cher public’s choice of two Verdian opera this afternoon!

on August 03, 2019 at 10:33 AM
Neither pure nor wise nor good Neither pure nor wise nor good

What better way to mark the passing of the monumental Hal Prince?

on August 02, 2019 at 11:08 AM
The long hot summer The long hot summer

Your top ten posts on parterre box for the month of July are actually a Top 13, thanks to a (near) three-way tie.

on August 01, 2019 at 12:00 PM
Broadcast: Tristan und Isolde Broadcast: Tristan und Isolde

The live performance from Bayreuth begins at 10:00 AM.

on August 01, 2019 at 9:00 AM
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
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