James Jorden

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James Jorden, born 1954,[1] is an American blogger, journalist and music critic.

Jorden is the founding editor of the e-zine-cum-blog parterre box which covers the topic of opera from a queer perspective. Jorden's work with parterre box also includes a podcast, Unnatural Acts of Opera. parterre box and Jorden have been featured in numerous media publications, including Opera News magazine, The Advocate, and The New York Times.[citation needed] From 1999 to 2003, Jorden produced and directed a series of operas at the downtown New York City cabaret La Belle Epoque, featuring singers including Marc Heller, Richard Lewis and Dorothy Bishop.[citation needed] He is a former web producer for Fox News.[2] Until 2013, he was employed full-time as a legal secretary.[1] After 10 years as a reviewer for Gay City News, Jorden became opera critic for the New York Post in March 2009, succeeding Clive Barnes.[3][4][5] In the fall of 2014, Jorden left the Post to write about opera for the New York Observer,[6] and he is a regular commentator on the WQXR podcast Operavore.[7]


  1. ^ a b Zachary Woolfe (8 July 2009). "The Bewitching Art of "La Cieca"". New York Observer. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "The Parterre Posse". New York Observer. 29 January 2001. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Brian Kellow (July 2009). "Voice of the Opposition". Opera News. 
  4. ^ "Ruffling the Met's feathers – Parterre Box, a gay opera magazine". The Advocate, November 25, 1997. Accessed via subscription 18 January 2008.
  5. ^ "You Go Diva!", The New York Times, April 27, 1997. Accessed 18 January 2008.
  6. ^ About – Contributing Writers, Observer
  7. ^ WQXR – Operavore: About

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