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.


The Met’s first decade on the air The Met’s first decade on the air

Historic moments from the 1930s and early 40s featuring stars such as Kirsten Flagstad, Lily Pons, Rosa Ponselle, Bidù Sayão, Jussi Bjoerling, Lauritz Melchior, Lawrence Tibbett, Leonard Warren, and Ezio Pinza

on February 05, 2022 at 12:55 PM
Sophisticated Lady Sophisticated Lady

On this day in 1959 soprano Leonie Rysanek made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Lady Macbeth.

on February 05, 2022 at 8:00 AM
Serve with caviar and vodka Serve with caviar and vodka

“It was all surprisingly good? Even the Party Pork, which has you marinate a piece of pork neck in vermouth and steak seasoning. It shouldn’t work, and yet it did.”

on February 03, 2022 at 11:34 AM
La forza del destino La forza del destino

In honor of Black History Month, the Met rebroadcasts a 1984 performance.

on February 02, 2022 at 4:00 PM
All I asp of you All I asp of you

San Francisco Opera prepares to barge down the Nile.

on February 02, 2022 at 12:54 PM
Until you play the palace Until you play the palace

Signs of new life at the Met caught the attention of parterrians in January.

on February 01, 2022 at 10:29 AM
Feel no pain Feel no pain

“The design of the Met’s new production [of Lucia di Lammermoor] by Simon Stone suggests a present-day American Rust Belt, an area once prosperous but now fallen into decline and neglect.”

on January 31, 2022 at 1:57 PM
Peter Grimes Peter Grimes

Jonas Kaufmann in the title role, with Lise Davidsen and Bryn Terfel from the Vienna State Opera.

on January 29, 2022 at 11:11 AM
Tosca Tosca

Kristine Opolais, Jonathan Tetelman and Gábor Bretz star in a live telecast from the Theater an der Wien.

on January 28, 2022 at 1:38 PM
An opening for a princess An opening for a princess

Jamie Barton will sing Eboli in the Met’s new production of the original five-act French version of Verdi’s Don Carlos, replacing Elina Garanca, who has withdrawn.

on January 27, 2022 at 4:32 PM
The Queen of Spades The Queen of Spades

From the Vienna State Opera, featuring Olga Borodina in the title role.

on January 27, 2022 at 11:45 AM
Tosca Tosca

Elena Stikhina stars as the fiery diva.

on January 26, 2022 at 6:20 PM
La bohème La bohème

Starring Maria Agresta as Mimì and Charles Castronovo as Rodolfo.

on January 22, 2022 at 10:00 AM
Lorenzo’s toil Lorenzo’s toil

“Meet our new chief conductor Lorenzo Viotti – Dutch National Opera”

on January 21, 2022 at 8:30 AM
Eyesight to the blind Eyesight to the blind

Which much-lauded gem of an American artist is about to emerge from retirement?

on January 18, 2022 at 9:00 AM
Tosca Tosca

Streaming and discussion begin at 6:55 PM. Photo: Ken Howard / Met Opera

on January 14, 2022 at 6:52 PM
Fire Shut Up in my Bones Fire Shut Up in my Bones

Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Will Liverman (Charles), Angel Blue (Destiny/Loneliness/Greta), Latonia Moore (Billie).

on January 08, 2022 at 11:27 AM
Rigoletto Rigoletto

Baritone Michael Chioldi jumps into the title role for tonight’s performance.

on January 04, 2022 at 2:40 PM
Well, maybe next year Well, maybe next year

For a number of reasons including a surge in COVID cases, PROTOTYPE Festival has canceled its Winter 2022 season.

on January 04, 2022 at 12:05 PM
A paler white of shade A paler white of shade

“They weren’t booing me,” he clarifies.

on January 03, 2022 at 4:45 PM
Cinderella Cinderella

The abridged family version of the opera is heard again.

on January 01, 2022 at 12:01 PM
Rigoletto Rigoletto

A gala new production of Verdi’s opera, live from the Met.

on December 31, 2021 at 4:01 PM
Die Fledermaus Die Fledermaus

Live from the Vienna State Opera with Andreas Schager and Rachel Willis-Sorensen.

on December 31, 2021 at 10:17 AM
All she wants to do is dance All she wants to do is dance

Born on this day in 1936 actress and producer Mary Tyler Moore.

on December 29, 2021 at 11:02 AM
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