James Jorden, New York Observer

James Jorden

New York Observer

New York, NY, United States

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Past articles by James:

Premiere of ‘Fire Shut Up in My Bones’ Sets the Reopened Met Ablaze

Reopening after 18 months, the Met triumphs with their first opera ever by a Black composer. → Read More

Opera Returns to Lincoln Center, Thanks to Teatro Nuovo’s Loving Skill

My return to opera last night, at Teatro Nuovo's presentation of Rossini's "Il Barbiere di Siviglia" at Lincoln Center, didn't include that knife-to-the-heart pang that starts me sobbing. Instead, the evening felt like a homecoming. → Read More

From Vienna, Anna Netrebko Streams an Ecstatic Program of Songs

How else can I explain the effect that recital had on me? Netrebko made my modest Queens studio feel like an opera house. I burned, I pined, I near perished. → Read More

PROTOTYPE Streams New Opera from Inside the Mind to Times Square

NYC’s most fascinating festival goes online this year with half a dozen innovative works. → Read More

The Metropolitan Opera Goes Intimate for an Online New Year’s Eve Gala

Metropolitan Opera delivers intimate online performance to mark 2021. → Read More

From Berlin’s Komische Oper, an Ecstatic Stream of ‘Les Contes d’Hoffmann’

In Barrie Kosky's inventive production, Offenbach's opera is both fantastical and heartbreaking. A must watch for opera goers who have been missing live performances. → Read More

In Berlin, a Streaming ‘Lohengrin’ Evokes Doubt and Terror

Director Calixo Bieito and tenor Roberto Alagna collaborate on a dark and disturbing take on Wagner’s opera. → Read More

Superstars of Opera Will Crowd Your Screen During a Lavish Week of Streaming

The greatest opera divas and divos from today and the recent past are seen in streams from New York, Munich and Milan. → Read More

Met Opera’s New Streams Highlight the Work of Musical Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin

The Metropolitan Opera presents a series of works by musical director Yannick Nézet-Séguin in its latest round of streaming performances. → Read More

Even With New Lockdowns, Streaming Opera Keeps the Art Lively

Contemporary operas from New York and Vienna show that even with new lockdown measures in place, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the art form. → Read More

The Met Makes Opera Political in the Week Leading Up to Election Day

From ‘Don Carlo’ to ‘Nixon in China,’ the Metropolitan Opera takes a political approach to its online programming leading up to the election. → Read More

Streaming Opera This Week Is Something for the Songbirds

An archival performance by superstar Cecilia Bartoli and a comic opera about a little-known Belgian pastime highlight this week’s online offerings. → Read More

The Met’s Stream of Wagner’s ‘Ring’ Offers a Chance to Consider the Meaning of Life

A streaming performance of the Met’s 1990 production of Wagner’s ‘Ring Cycle’ takes you on a breathtaking, 15-hour musical odyssey. → Read More

Soprano Leontyne Price, Live and in Her Prime, Graces a New Met CD

A legendary American diva, Leontyne Price is celebrated for classic performances of her great roles in a new CD set from the Met. → Read More

Soprano Lise Davidsen Soars From Wagner to Broadway in the Met’s Latest Livestream

In a live recital in Oslo, the soprano revealed two octaves of splendid voice. → Read More

Live From the Metropolitan Opera: Summer Fun on the French Riviera

The Met offers a concert of standards plus golden age opera from the video archives. → Read More

A Diva Two Ways Highlights a Week of Streaming Opera

Further streaming options from the Met this week include two classic telecasts: 'Rigoletto' starring Luciano Pavarotti on Wednesday, and a 'Luisa Miller' on Sunday featuring Renata Scotto at the peak of her considerable powers as a Verdi interpreter. → Read More

Opera Returns to the Salzburg Festival, Chic and Expensive as Ever

‘Elektra’ and ‘Cosi fan Tutte’ highlight a truncated Salzburg season; Renée Fleming sings for the Met. → Read More

Opera Diva Karita Mattila Dazzles in a Pair of Streaming Performances

After San Francisco's steam of 'The Makropulos Case' featuring Karita Mattila, her controversial 'Tosca' at the Met is worth a second look. → Read More

Jonas Kaufmann Sings in a Bavarian Abbey for the Met’s First Solo Streaming Recital

Bronze-toned Jonas Kaufmann streams effortlessly into your living room in the Met’s new solo recital series. → Read More