You've read the book, you've seen the movie, maybe you've even seen the old movie. But have you heard the opera?
In 1999, the Metropolitan Opera commissioned John Harbison to write an opera of "The Great Gatsby" in honor of music director James Levine's 25th anniversary with the company. Harbison also wrote the libretto and a dozen jazz-age style songs which are included in the opera. It was premiered in 1999 and has had subsequent performances by Chicago Lyric Opera, and a chamber opera version by Ensemble Parallele in San Francisco last year.