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John Harbison

Inventive songwriter

Born December 20, 1938, Orange, New Jersey
About John Harbison

John Harbison was already an accomplished songwriter when he was commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera to write the first new piece premiered at the Met in seven years, his Great Gatsby.

  • Winter's Tale
    Libretto by the composer after the play by William Shakespeare.
    composed c. 1974; premiere 1979, San Francisco, California
    (revised 1991)
  • A Full Moon in March, chamber opera in one act
    Libretto by the composer after the play by W. B. Yeats.
    1977, New York, New York
  • The Great Gatsby
    Libretto by the composer after the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
    December 20, 1999, Metropolitan Opera, New York, New York

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"Five years ago I knew them both" from The Great Gatsby

"Waiting" from The Great Gatsby


G. Schirmer American Opera Anthology: Mezzo-Soprano

G. Schirmer 2004

"I remember long ago" from The Great Gatsby


G. Schirmer American Opera Anthology: Baritone/Bass

G. Schirmer 2004

"Everyone was here but the one who matters" from The Great Gatsby

"Had no choice, had to invent myself" from The Great Gatsby


G. Schirmer American Opera Anthology: Tenor

G. Schirmer 2004

"Now, my fairest friend" from Winter's Tale

"Where is the old warm world?" from The Great Gatsby


G. Schirmer American Opera Anthology: Soprano

G. Schirmer 2004

Last update: January 1, 2009