Critic’s picks: Classical music

Stu Rosner


Written for the Metropolitan Opera, where it premiered in 1999, John Harbison’s “The Great Gatsby” finally makes its way to Boston for a keenly anticipated concert performance. Ryan Turner will conduct the Orchestra and Chorus of Emmanuel Music in this local premiere, with a cast full of prominent Boston singers. May 12, 3 p.m. Jordan Hall. A pre-concert talk with Harbison and Robert Kirzinger takes place at 2 p.m. 617-536-3356,


Boston Lyric Opera’s well-sung and visually striking new production of “Dutchman” — directed by Michael Cavanagh with sets by John Conklin — is the first fully staged Wagner opera performed locally in over two decades. The cast includes Alfred Walker, Allison Oakes, and Gregory Frank. David Angus conducts. May 5, 3 p.m. Shubert Theatre. 617-542-4912,



Recently returned from a West Coast tour, H&H takes on “Jephtha,” Handel’s moving final oratorio, which it premiered in the US in 1855. Harry Christophers (left) conducts the period instrument orchestra and chorus, with vocal soloists Robert Murray, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Joélle Harvey, William Purefoy, Woodrow Bynum, and Teresa Wakim. May 5, 3 p.m. Symphony Hall. 617-266-3605, www.handel


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