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.
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.
Karen Kamensek conducts Anthony Roth Costanzo (Akhnaten), Rihab Chaieb (Nefertiti), Zachary James (Amenhotep III), Disella Lárusdóttir (Queen Tye), Aaron Blake (High Priest of Amon), Richard Bernstein (Aye), Will Liverman (Horemhab)
Eleonora Buratto, fresh off a successful run in the title role of Madama Butterfly, stars as the ill-fated seamstress Mimì, opposite Matthew Polenzani as her lover, the poet Rodolfo.
Riccardo Frizza conducts Nadine Sierra (Lucia), Javier Camarena (Edgardo), Artur Rucinski (Enrico) and Christian Van Horn (Raimondo.)
An evening with Finland’s most famous opera star.
Brett Dean‘s operatic treatment of the Bard makes its Metropolitan Opera premiere.
The beloved concert and opera singer died earlier today.
Tenor Yusif Eyvazov, who was scheduled to sing Rodolfo in the upcoming four performances of Puccini’s La bohème, is ill and has withdrawn.
Marco Armiliato conducts Liudmyla Monastyrska (Turandot), Yonghoon Lee (Calàf), Ermonela Jaho (Liù) and Ferruccio Furlanetto (Timur).
Soprano Angel Blue has been named the winner of the 2022 Richard Tucker Award.
Live from La Scala, Nicola Luisotti conducts Francesco Meli, Luca Salsi and Sondra Radvanovsky.
A controversial new Lucia at the Met fascinated the cher public last month.
Just starting from the vienna State Opera.
Riccardo Frizza conducts Nadine Sierra, Javier Camarena and Artur Rucinski.
Evelino Pidò leads Lisette Oropesa, Benjamin Bernheim and George Petean in this live broadcast from the Vienna State Opera.
Angel Blue and Eric Owens are featured in this repeat broadcast.
Elisabeth Teige and Brandon Jovanovich are the cursed twins in this production from the Deutsche Oper Berlin, directed by Stefan Herheim.