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James Jorden, Creator of an Important Opera Weblog, Dies at 69

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At first, Mr. Jorden distributed copies of the zine on the Tower Data retailer close to Lincoln Middle and on the Met — tucking them into brochures in racks within the foyer and leaving them in toilet stalls. On one event, caught stuffing the racks earlier than a efficiency of “Salome,” he was ejected from the theater by safety guards.

That pugnacious, underground spirit match the period. “It was a really activist time within the homosexual group, by way of combating again towards AIDS,” Richard Lynn, a longtime contributor, advised The New York Occasions in 2018. “And I view Parterre Field as a part of that larger cultural development. It wasn’t afraid to be in your face or confrontational or offended. I felt it was therapeutic.”

James Glen Jorden was born on Aug. 6, 1954, in Opelousas, La. His father, Billy Wayne Jorden, labored for the Louisiana State Freeway Division, and his mom, Glenora (Jory) Jorden, was a highschool instructor in addition to an area theater director and actress. (He’s survived by two brothers, John and Justin Jorden.)

Mr. Jorden acquired his begin in opera modestly, costuming a manufacturing of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “H.M.S. Pinafore” when he was in a gifted-and-talented program in his teenagers; his co-designer was a younger Tony Kushner. After Mr. Jorden’s mom grew uninterested in his consistently enjoying his recording of “Pinafore,” she purchased him “Carmen,” and his obsession turned to opera normally.

In 1976, whereas attending Louisiana State College, he hitchhiked to Dallas to listen to the Met on tour and noticed the soprano Renata Scotto within the three main roles of Puccini’s triptych “Il Trittico.”

“That turned me round,” Mr. Jorden mentioned within the 2009 interview. “I noticed what the likelihood was. And I really select that date because the birthday of La Cieca” — his draggy Parterre Field alter ego, named after the blind mom in Ponchielli’s “La Gioconda.”