The Great Gatsby
Composer: John Harbison
Librettist: John Harbison
Other Artistic Personnel: James Levine (Conductor)
Mark Lamos (Director)
Michael Yeargan (Scenery)
Duane Schuler (Lighting)
Original Cast: Dawn Upshaw (Daisy)
Jerry Hadley (Jay Gatsby)
Susan Graham (Jordan Baker)
Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Myrtle Wilson)
Mark Baker (Tom Buchanan)
Dwayne Croft (Nick Carraway)
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Premiere Date: December 20, 1999
Producing Company: The Metropolitan Opera
Description: Act I
Scene 1
: Nick visits Daisy and Tom and meets her friend Jordan. Daisy tells Nick she misses the "old warm world" from her youth.
Scene 2: Tom drags Nick to Wilson's garage to "meet his girl," Myrtle. When she talks about Daisy, Tom hits her.
Scene 3: Amidst the revelry of Gatsby's party, he asks Nick to arrange a meeting with Daisy. Afterwards, Gatsby recalls their former love, and vows to win her back.
Scene 4: Nick and Jordan flirt as they arrange tea. When Daisy and Gatsby meet, their initial awkwardness quickly dissipates.

Act II
Scene 1
: Another party, where rumors about Gatsby circulate. Alone with Daisy, he tries to convince her that they can be reunited. Tom finds them and invites Gatsby to his house.
Scene 2: Bored and hot, the protagonists decide to go to the Plaza Hotel. After Daisy and Gatsby leave together, Tom vents his annoyance.
Scene 3: Tom forces Daisy to make a choice. Tortured, she decides to stay with Tom, who, exultant, contemptuously suggests Daisy and Gatsby return together to Long Island.
Scene 4: Myrtle, thinking she sees Tom, rushes outside. A crash is heard. Tom, Nick, and Jordan enter, revealing that Myrtle has been killed. When Tom identifies the death car as Gatsby's, Wilson is determined to take revenge.
Scene 5: Gatsby tells Nick that Daisy was the driver. As he waits for word from Daisy, Wilson enters and shoots him.
Scene 6: None of Gatsby's former friends or guests attend funeral, save Nick and his father, who reflect.
Character List (Major): Daisy Buchanan (s)
Jay Gatsby (t)
Jordan Baker (mz)
Nick Carraway (bar)
Myrtle Wilson(mz)
Tom Buchanan (t)
Character List (Minor): George Wilson (b)
Meyer Wolfsheim (b-bar)
Henry Gatz (bar)
Radio Singer/Band Vocalist(t)
Bit Parts: Tango Singers (mz)
Minister (b-bar)
Reviews: Harbison Mixes Up A Great 'Gatsby' - The New York Times 12/29/1999
Length: 02:40
Total Acts: 2
Chorus: SATB - Chorus of party-goers
Orchestration: 3 fl(pic), 2 ob, ca, 2 cl(Ebcl), bcl, ssx, 2 bsn, cbn - 4 hrn, 3 tpt, 3 tbn, 1 tba - timp, 3 perc - pf, hp, bjo - str Plus stage band (from the orchestra) solo violin; cl(ssx), tpt, tbn, tba, perc(trap set), pf, bjo
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Schedule of Performances Listings
The Great Gatsby (Harbison)
Monday, April 29, 2002 - Metropolitan Opera
The Great Gatsby (Harbison)
Monday, October 2, 2000 - Lyric Opera of Chicago
The Great Gatsby (Harbison)
Monday, December 20, 1999 - Metropolitan Opera
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