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.

Turandot Turandot

Marco Armiliato conducts Liudmyla Monastyrska (Turandot), Yonghoon Lee (Calàf), Ermonela Jaho (Liù) and Ferruccio Furlanetto (Timur).

on May 07, 2022 at 12:13 PM
Send me an Angel Send me an Angel

Soprano Angel Blue has been named the winner of the 2022 Richard Tucker Award.

on May 06, 2022 at 12:15 PM
Un ballo in maschera Un ballo in maschera

Live from La Scala, Nicola Luisotti conducts Francesco Meli, Luca Salsi and Sondra Radvanovsky.

on May 04, 2022 at 10:51 AM
Laffont Grand Finals Concert Laffont Grand Finals Concert

Nadine SIerra hosts.

on May 01, 2022 at 1:20 PM
Fresh blood Fresh blood

A controversial new Lucia at the Met fascinated the cher public last month.

on May 01, 2022 at 8:51 AM
Madama Butterfly Madama Butterfly

Soprano Eleonora Buratto stars.

on April 30, 2022 at 12:57 PM
Tristan und Isolde Tristan und Isolde

Just starting from the vienna State Opera.

on April 27, 2022 at 11:11 AM
Lucia di Lammermoor Lucia di Lammermoor

Riccardo Frizza conducts Nadine Sierra, Javier Camarena and Artur Rucinski.

on April 26, 2022 at 5:00 PM
Lucia di Lammermoor Lucia di Lammermoor

Evelino Pidò leads Lisette Oropesa, Benjamin Bernheim and George Petean in this live broadcast from the Vienna State Opera.

on April 24, 2022 at 10:00 AM
The Gershwins’ ‘Porgy and Bess’ The Gershwins’ ‘Porgy and Bess’

Angel Blue and Eric Owens are featured in this repeat broadcast.

on April 23, 2022 at 12:00 PM
Madama Butterfly Madama Butterfly

Eleonora Buratto and Brian Jagde star.

on April 22, 2022 at 3:22 PM
Die Walküre, Act 1 Die Walküre, Act 1

Elisabeth Teige and Brandon Jovanovich are the cursed twins in this production from the Deutsche Oper Berlin, directed by Stefan Herheim.

on April 21, 2022 at 1:00 PM
Das Rheingold Das Rheingold

From the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Sir Donald Runnicles conducts and Stefan Herheim directs a new production of Der Ring des Nibelungen.

on April 19, 2022 at 12:00 PM
Elektra Elektra

Live from the Met, Donald Runnicles conducts Nina Stemme (Elektra), Lise Davidsen (Chrysothemis), Michaela Schuster (Klytämnestra), Greer Grimsley (Orest), Stefan Vinke (Aegisth).

on April 16, 2022 at 11:00 AM
Eugene Onegin Eugene Onegin

Baritone Igor Golovatenko returns on the heels of an impressive 2019 Met debut in The Queen of Spades to sing the title role of the urbane nobleman who rejects Tatiana, much to his later dismay.

on April 14, 2022 at 4:51 PM
Le nozze di Figaro Le nozze di Figaro

James Gaffigan; Christian Van Horn (Figaro), Ying Fang (Susanna), Federica Lombardi (Countess Almaviva), Gerald Finley (Count Almaviva), Sasha Cooke (Cherubino), Elizabeth Bishop (Marcellina), Maurizio Muraro (Dr. Bartolo).

on April 09, 2022 at 11:00 AM
Elektra Elektra

Hear the production Our Own Eli Jacobson lauded for “Runnicles’ blazing conducting, the excellent orchestral playing, Davidsen’s youthful brilliance, Schuster’s canny artistry and veteran authority, Stemme’s humanity and intelligence…”

on April 05, 2022 at 3:32 PM
Contact in Red Square Contact in Red Square

The conundrum “Whose side is Anna Netrebko on?” fascinated the readers of parterre box in March.

on April 04, 2022 at 5:17 PM
She’s funny that way She’s funny that way

Happy 82nd birthday to actress Penelope Keith.

on April 02, 2022 at 12:01 PM
Eugene Onegin Eugene Onegin

Ailyn Pérez is Tatiana opposite Igor Golovatenko in the title role of the urbane nobleman who rejects her, much to his later dismay.

on April 02, 2022 at 11:24 AM
Elektra Elektra

Two thrilling sopranos join forces as Nina Stemme reprises her acclaimed portrayal of the title heroine and Lise Davidsen makes her role debut as Chrysothemis.

on April 01, 2022 at 3:56 PM
Wozzeck Wozzeck

Philippe Jordan conducts Christian Gerhaher, Sean Panikkar, Jörg Schneider, Dmitry Belosselskiy and Anja Kampe in a live performance from the Vienna State Opera.

on March 31, 2022 at 1:44 PM
Anti-war Anna Anti-war Anna

Anna Netrebko has issued a statement explicitly condemning the war in Ukraine.

on March 30, 2022 at 11:02 AM
Second banana Second banana

Happy 73rd birthday actress, comedian, talk show host, and singer Vicki Lawrence.

on March 26, 2022 at 10:47 AM