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.
The celebrated episode of The Carol Burnett Show featuring divas Eileen Farrell and Marilyn Horne will be broadcast tonight.
Opening performance of the 2022 Bayreuth Festival, broadcast live.
Glyndebourne’s eagerly awaited new production comes to the Proms in a full-length semi-staged performance, complete with the raw elemental power of Ethel Smyth’s sweeping score.
Performance of July 11 at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.
“In a dystopian game show, reminiscent of Hunger Games, the Princess presides over a surveillance state in which men are culled and the reproduction of the human race is conducted in breeding labs.”
A live broadcast of Umberto Giordano’s opera from the Bregenz Festival.
The very free adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream set by Ambroise Thomas, as heard at Wexford in 2021.
Conductor: Nicola Luisotti; Stage director: Andreas Homoki; Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real, Madrid.
Heading the cast of this Irish National Opera production is mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught.
Marc Albrecht leads Wagner’s early grand opera, recorded June 22 at the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, Budapest.
From the Staatsoper Berlin, Anja Kampe sings Minnie, Marcelo Álvarez is the bandit Dick Johnson and Michael Volle plays Jack Rance. Massimo Zanetti conducts.
The cast includes Toby Spence in the title role and Katerina Karnéus as Kundry and the Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North are conducted by Richard Farnes.
In a slow month for opera, parterre box readers turned their attention to a musical: Into the Woods.
In this video from 2015, soprano Lisette Oropesa makes her role debut as Violetta in a new production of Verdi’s La traviata at the Academy of Music.
Baritone-turned-tenor SeokJong Baek and superstar mezzo Elina Garanca take the title roles in Richard Jones‘s new production of Saint-Saëns’s biblical opera.
A new production of Puccini’s lyric drama is conducted by Zubin Mehta and directed by Philipp Stölzl.
Ermonela Jaho and Ludovic Tézier are featured in a performance recorded at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées à Paris.
Quinn Kelsey gives a commanding performance in the title role, alongside Erin Morley as Gilda and Stephen Costello as the Duke of Mantua.
Live from La Scala, Ponchielli’s melodrama featuring Saioa Hernández, Daniela Barcellona, Erwin Schrott, Anna Maria Chiuri,
Fabio Sartori Stefano La Colla and Roberto Frontali, conducted by Frédéric Chaslin.
Allan Clayton stars as Shakespeare’s tortured Dane, alongside Brenda Rae as Ophelia, Sarah Connolly as Gertrude, Rod Gilfry as Claudius, and John Relyea as the ghost of Hamlet’s father.
A very political month indeed focused sharply on the Met’s revival of Turandot.
Maestro Susanna Mälkki (not pictured) leads Stravinsky’s ingenious neoclassical satire.
Happy 51st birthday to Broadway and soundtrack diva Idina Menzel.