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.


Don Carlo Don Carlo

Four acts, in Italian… the good old Don Carlo we all know and love.

on November 03, 2022 at 5:00 PM
A word from our sponsors A word from our sponsors

La Cieca extends the heariest imaginable thanks to our parterre box advertisers for the month of November 2022!

on November 01, 2022 at 2:00 PM
Westward turns the gaze Westward turns the gaze

A welcome return by Christian Ocier reviewing Wagner in far-flung Seattle led the top ten most read posts for the month of October.

on November 01, 2022 at 12:00 PM
Das Rheingold Das Rheingold

Video streaming from the Staatsoper Berlin with Christian Thielemann conducting a new production by Dmitri Tcherniakov.

on October 29, 2022 at 1:47 PM
La traviata La traviata

Nadine Sierra makes her Metropolitan Opera role debut as Violetta.

on October 25, 2022 at 5:30 PM
“She is a fighter” “She is a fighter”

On Thursday, October 20th, 2022, Grace Bumbry suffered an acute ischemic stroke. The renowned American opera star is currently hospitalized and in recovery in Queens, New York.

on October 23, 2022 at 10:50 AM
I puritani I puritani

Jessica Pratt and John Osborn star in a performance from Rome Opera.

on October 22, 2022 at 10:42 AM
Divina intervention Divina intervention

Jolie IS Callas!

on October 21, 2022 at 1:57 PM
Idomeneo Idomeneo

Michael Spyres stars in the title role of the ancient Cretan king, alongside Kate Lindsey as Idamante, Ying Fang as Ilia, and Federica Lombardi as Elettra.

on October 20, 2022 at 7:00 PM
Don’t mask, don’t tell Don’t mask, don’t tell

The Metropolitan Opera and other classical music venue are dropping their mask requirements for audience members.

on October 17, 2022 at 2:14 PM
Fedora Fedora

Sonya Yoncheva and Roberto Alagna star in a new production of Giordano’s opera at La Scala.

on October 15, 2022 at 11:45 AM
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

Svetlana Sozdateleva and Brandon Jovanovich star in Shostakovich’s opera.

on October 12, 2022 at 4:00 PM
Theodora Theodora

Handel’s oratorio features Julia Bullock, Joyce DiDonato, Jakub Józef Orlinski and Ed Lyon.

on October 08, 2022 at 12:00 PM
Lakmé Lakmé

Léo Delibes’ opera, streamed from the Opéra Comique in a production staged by Laurent Pelly and featuring Sabine Devieilhe.

on October 06, 2022 at 10:00 AM
Renegade princess Renegade princess

Yulia Matochkina will make her Met role debut as Eboli in Verdi’s Don Carlo, replacing Anita Rachvelishvili.

on October 05, 2022 at 12:45 PM
Tosca Tosca

The Puccini evergreen, featuring Aleksandra Kurzak, Michael Fabiano and Luca Salsi.

on October 04, 2022 at 5:00 PM
Infanticide is painless Infanticide is painless

Sondra Radvanovsky‘s mean, moody, magnificent Medea fascinated the cher public as the season kicked in at the end of September.

on October 04, 2022 at 10:00 AM
Rome wasn’t built in a day Rome wasn’t built in a day

On this day in 1968, the Metropolitan Opera debuted a new production of Tosca (the company’s first since 1917!) featuring Birgit Nilsson and Franco Corelli.

on October 04, 2022 at 6:25 AM
Tannhäuser Tannhäuser

Lise Davidsen and Le Gateau Chocolat reunite for this performance from the 2022 Bayreuth Festival.

on October 01, 2022 at 10:00 AM
Fresh princess Fresh princess

Diva of the moment Sondra Radvanovsky previews yet another great role: Puccini’s Turandot.

on September 29, 2022 at 12:47 PM
Medea Medea

Live broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera’s opening night, featuring Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role.

on September 27, 2022 at 3:00 AM
Sexually Druid Sexually Druid

On this day in 2017 the Metropolitan Opera opened its season with a new production of Norma starring Sondra Radvanovsky.

on September 25, 2022 at 8:00 AM
Lohengrin Lohengrin

From the 2022 Bayreuth Festival conducted by Christian Thielemann.

on September 24, 2022 at 10:00 AM
Thaïs Thaïs

Massenet’s opera at that Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris starring Ermonela Jaho.

on September 17, 2022 at 10:41 AM
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