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.

Carmen Carmen

Live from the Vienna State Opera starring Elina Garanca and Piotr Beczala.

on September 12, 2022 at 9:57 AM
Die Walküre Die Walküre

Live video from the Finnish National Opera and Ballet.

on September 10, 2022 at 7:31 AM
Norma Norma

Karine Deshayes, Michael Spyres and Amina Edris are featured in Bellini’s opera at the Festival d’Aix 2022.

on September 03, 2022 at 10:11 AM
Something to talk about Something to talk about

The cher public (not pictured) made the sizzling month August a time of listening and discussion.

on September 01, 2022 at 10:42 AM
Hamlet Hamlet

John Osborn is featured in the rarely-heard tenor version of Ambroise Thomas’ grand opera.

on August 31, 2022 at 10:00 AM
Aida Aida

From the 2022 Salzburg Festival.

on August 27, 2022 at 10:00 AM
Tristan und Isolde Tristan und Isolde

From Santa Fe Opera, featuring Simon O’Neill and Tamara Wilson.

on August 22, 2022 at 3:11 PM
Turandot Turandot

Gustavo Dudamel conducts this performance from the Bastille Opera.

on August 20, 2022 at 10:00 AM
Il trittico Il trittico

Asmik Grigorian sings all three leading roles in this broadcast from the Salzburg Festival.

on August 13, 2022 at 12:09 PM
Götterdämmerung Götterdämmerung

FInal day of the opening Ring of the 2022 Bayreuth season.

on August 05, 2022 at 10:00 AM
Siegfried Siegfried

Live broadcast from the Bayreuth Festival.

on August 03, 2022 at 10:00 AM
Die Walküre Die Walküre

The second say of Der Ring des Nibelungen, live from the Bayreuth Festival.

on August 01, 2022 at 11:00 AM
Creative differences Creative differences

Beverly Sills and Renée Fleming (not pictured) rightly crown the list of most-read parterre box articles for August 2022.

on August 01, 2022 at 8:00 AM
Das Rheingold Das Rheingold

A live broadcast as the Bayreuth Festival launches a new Ring cycle.

on July 31, 2022 at 10:00 AM
Moïse et Pharaon Moïse et Pharaon

Recorded July 14 at the Aix-en-Provence Festival.

on July 30, 2022 at 10:00 AM
Les girls Les girls

The celebrated episode of The Carol Burnett Show featuring divas Eileen Farrell and Marilyn Horne will be broadcast tonight. 

on July 27, 2022 at 9:30 PM
Tristan und Isolde Tristan und Isolde

Opening performance of the 2022 Bayreuth Festival, broadcast live.

on July 25, 2022 at 7:00 AM
The Wreckers The Wreckers

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.

on July 24, 2022 at 11:09 AM
Idomeneo Idomeneo

Performance of July 11 at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.

on July 23, 2022 at 11:00 AM
Turandot Turandot

“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.”

on July 22, 2022 at 10:00 AM
Siberia Siberia

A live broadcast of Umberto Giordano’s opera from the Bregenz Festival.

on July 21, 2022 at 1:04 PM
Capriccio Capriccio

Live from the Munich Prinzregententheater.

on July 17, 2022 at 10:57 AM
Le Songe d’un nuit d’été Le Songe d’un nuit d’été

The very free adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream set by Ambroise Thomas, as heard at Wexford in 2021.

on July 16, 2022 at 8:08 AM
Nabucco Nabucco

Conductor: Nicola Luisotti; Stage director: Andreas Homoki; Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real, Madrid.

on July 15, 2022 at 9:29 AM