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.

Maria Stuarda Maria Stuarda

Heading the cast of this Irish National Opera production is mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught.

on July 12, 2022 at 3:22 PM
Rienzi Rienzi

Marc Albrecht leads Wagner’s early grand opera, recorded June 22 at the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, Budapest.

on July 09, 2022 at 10:00 AM
La fanciulla del West La fanciulla del West

From the Staatsoper Berlin, Anja Kampe sings Minnie, Marcelo Álvarez is the bandit Dick Johnson and Michael Volle plays Jack Rance. Massimo Zanetti conducts.

on July 04, 2022 at 12:00 PM
Parsifal Parsifal

The cast includes Toby Spence in the title role and Katerina Karnéus as Kundry and the Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North are conducted by Richard Farnes.

on July 02, 2022 at 9:00 AM
The ‘Woods’, the bad and the ugly The ‘Woods’, the bad and the ugly

In a slow month for opera, parterre box readers turned their attention to a musical: Into the Woods.

on July 01, 2022 at 7:20 PM
La traviata La traviata

In this video from 2015, soprano Lisette Oropesa makes her role debut as Violetta in a new production of Verdi’s La traviata at the Academy of Music.

on June 26, 2022 at 12:00 PM
Samson et Dalila Samson et Dalila

Baritone-turned-tenor SeokJong Baek and superstar mezzo Elina Garanca take the title roles in Richard Jones‘s new production of Saint-Saëns’s biblical opera.

on June 25, 2022 at 11:00 AM
Turandot Turandot

A new production of Puccini’s lyric drama is conducted by Zubin Mehta and directed by Philipp Stölzl.

on June 18, 2022 at 9:00 AM
Thaïs Thaïs

Ermonela Jaho and Ludovic Tézier are featured in a performance recorded at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées à Paris.

on June 11, 2022 at 10:26 AM
Rigoletto Rigoletto

Quinn Kelsey gives a commanding performance in the title role, alongside Erin Morley as Gilda and Stephen Costello as the Duke of Mantua.

on June 08, 2022 at 2:42 PM
La Gioconda La Gioconda

Live from La Scala, Ponchielli’s melodrama featuring Saioa Hernández, Daniela Barcellona, Erwin Schrott, Anna Maria Chiuri, Fabio Sartori Stefano La Colla and Roberto Frontali, conducted by Frédéric Chaslin.

on June 07, 2022 at 6:44 AM
Hamlet Hamlet

Allan Clayton stars as Shakespeare’s tortured Dane, alongside Brenda Rae as Ophelia, Sarah Connolly as Gertrude, Rod Gilfry as Claudius, and John Relyea as the ghost of Hamlet’s father.

on June 04, 2022 at 12:00 PM
Wave the flag Wave the flag

A very political month indeed focused sharply on the Met’s revival of Turandot.

on June 01, 2022 at 8:30 AM
The Rake’s Progress The Rake’s Progress

Maestro Susanna Mälkki (not pictured) leads Stravinsky’s ingenious neoclassical satire.

on May 30, 2022 at 5:48 PM
Experience has made me rich Experience has made me rich

Happy 51st birthday to Broadway and soundtrack diva Idina Menzel.

on May 30, 2022 at 4:05 AM
Akhnaten Akhnaten

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)

on May 28, 2022 at 12:20 PM
La bohème La bohème

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.

on May 24, 2022 at 6:35 PM
Lucia di Lammermoor Lucia di Lammermoor

Riccardo Frizza conducts Nadine Sierra (Lucia), Javier Camarena (Edgardo), Artur Rucinski (Enrico) and  Christian Van Horn (Raimondo.)

on May 21, 2022 at 10:00 AM
Akhnaten Akhnaten

A return of the Philip Glass classic, live from the Met.

on May 19, 2022 at 5:30 PM
The two faces of Karita The two faces of Karita

An evening with Finland’s most famous opera star.

on May 18, 2022 at 10:00 AM
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Performance from November 4, 2021

on May 14, 2022 at 12:00 PM
Hamlet Hamlet

Brett Dean‘s operatic treatment of the Bard makes its Metropolitan Opera premiere.

on May 13, 2022 at 5:13 PM
Teresa Berganza 1933 – 2022 Teresa Berganza 1933 – 2022

The beloved concert and opera singer died earlier today.

on May 13, 2022 at 3:54 PM
Bohemian rhapsody Bohemian rhapsody

Tenor Yusif Eyvazov, who was scheduled to sing Rodolfo in the upcoming four performances of Puccini’s La bohème, is ill and has withdrawn.

on May 11, 2022 at 3:44 PM
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