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.


Die Walküre Die Walküre

Starring Christine Goerke, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Jamie Barton, Stuart Skelton, Greer Grimsley and Günther Groissböck, conducted by Philippe Jordan. From March 30, 2019.

on August 02, 2020 at 2:24 PM
Ernani Ernani

Starring Leona Mitchell, Luciano Pavarotti, Sherrill Milnes and Ruggero Raimondi, conducted by James Levine. From December 17, 1983.

on August 01, 2020 at 5:24 PM
Renée Fleming Live in Concert Renée Fleming Live in Concert

The Undiva cuts loose at Dumbarton Oaks.

on August 01, 2020 at 10:46 AM
Here you come again Here you come again

By this point in 2020, nothing should surprise us.

on August 01, 2020 at 10:35 AM
How deep is your love How deep is your love

Born on this day in 1921 contralto Lili Chookasian.

on August 01, 2020 at 10:18 AM
Rusalka Rusalka

Starring Kristine Opolais, Katarina Dalayman, Jamie Barton, Brandon Jovanovich and Eric Owens, conducted by Mark Elder. From February 25, 2017.

on July 31, 2020 at 4:41 PM
Il trovatore: replay Il trovatore: replay

Starring Sondra Radvanovsky, Dolora Zajick, Marcelo Álvarez and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, conducted by Marco Armiliato. From April 30, 2011.

on July 31, 2020 at 12:00 PM
And it was grand And it was grand

On this day in 1967 Judy Garland opened her final Broadway engagement, a concert entitled At Home at the Palace.

on July 31, 2020 at 8:00 AM
“Why is everything wrong?” “Why is everything wrong?”

“The shimmery, creamy voice of the ‘undiva,’ as she is known, is ingrained in America’s cultural memory, at both sad and happy moments.”

on July 30, 2020 at 8:35 AM
Rigoletto Rigoletto

Starring Ileana Cotrubas, Plácido Domingo and Cornell MacNeil, conducted by James Levine. From November 7, 1977.

on July 29, 2020 at 5:33 PM
It started in Naples It started in Naples

The Teatro San Carlo di Napoli’s lavish outdoor concert series continues with Aida featuring Jonas Kaufmann and Anita Rachvelishvili.

on July 29, 2020 at 3:16 PM
Tosca Tosca

Starring Karita Mattila, Marcelo Álvarez and George Gagnidze, conducted by Joseph Colaneri. From October 10, 2009.

on July 28, 2020 at 2:09 PM
Lucia di Lammermoor Lucia di Lammermoor

Starring Natalie Dessay, Joseph Calleja, Ludovic Tézier and Kwangchul Youn, conducted by Patrick Summers. From March 19, 2011.

on July 27, 2020 at 6:30 PM
Mattila, two ways Mattila, two ways

“I have almost forgotten what it felt like to sit in a velvet seat at the Met, surrounded by people coughing.”

on July 27, 2020 at 12:43 PM
La fanciulla del West La fanciulla del West

Starring Eva-Maria Westbroek, Jonas Kaufmann and Zeljko Lucic, conducted by Marco Armiliato. From October 27, 2018.

on July 26, 2020 at 6:39 PM
Mourning Becomes Electra Mourning Becomes Electra

Lauren Flanigan and Rayanne Dupuis star in this 2013 revival of Marvin David Levy‘s tragic opera.

on July 26, 2020 at 9:46 AM
Der Rosenkavalier Der Rosenkavalier

Starring Renée Fleming, Christine Schäfer, Susan Graham and Kristinn Sigmundsson, conducted by Edo de Waart. From January 9, 2010.

on July 25, 2020 at 6:17 PM
Der Ring des Nibelungen Der Ring des Nibelungen

As previewed earlier this week, Los Angeles Opera presents a Ring marathon this weekend.

on July 25, 2020 at 10:33 AM
Vec Makropulos Vec Makropulos

Unforgettable Karita Mattila sings under the baton of the late Czech maestro Jirí Belohlávek in this production from San Francisco Opera.

on July 25, 2020 at 9:54 AM
Falstaff Falstaff

Starring Mirella Freni, Barbara Bonney, Marilyn Horne, Bruno Pola and Paul Plishka, conducted by James Levine. From October 10, 1992.

on July 24, 2020 at 4:45 PM
“The story always moved me more than the music” “The story always moved me more than the music”

Born on this day in 1921 tenor Giuseppe di Stefano.

on July 24, 2020 at 9:38 AM
Roméo et Juliette Roméo et Juliette

Starring Anna Netrebko, Roberto Alagna, Nathan Gunn and Robert Lloyd, conducted by Plácido Domingo. From December 15, 2007.

on July 23, 2020 at 5:19 PM
Live with Carnegie Hall: Audra McDonald Live with Carnegie Hall: Audra McDonald

The acclaimed singer and actress is joined by musical director Andy Einhorn for a varied selection of songs, as well as a conversation with CBS Sunday Morning correspondent Mo Rocca about the role of artistic expression in times of social change.

on July 23, 2020 at 12:00 PM
Book of dreams Book of dreams

Christie’s is auctioning nearly 300 scores once owned by Maria Callas

on July 22, 2020 at 10:15 PM
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