6_ BARBARA COOK and JOHN PIZZARELLI | One of the most beloved performers in show business, the legendary Barbara Cook, is now 85, but probably no one alive can put over a song with more nuance or feeling. And she's still got that unmistakable crystalline voice. She's joined by the celebrated guitarist and songwriter John Pizzarelli.
Symphony Hall, 301 Mass Ave, Boston | April 6 | $30-$95
7_ THE FLYING DUTCHMAN | To celebrate the Wagner bicentennial, Boston Lyric Opera presents the US premiere of the 1841 critical edition of Wagner's most dramatic early opera, The Flying Dutchman — which means that on opening night only, the piece will be performed as Wagner first intended, without intermission. This new production, staged by Michael Cavanagh, stars the very good (if YouTube is to be trusted) British soprano Allison Oakes and American bass-baritone Alfred Walker (the BSO's Porgy).
Shubert Theatre, 270 Tremont St, Boston | April 26, 28, May 1, 3, 5 | $30-$225
8_ HANDEL'SJEPHTHA | The Handel and Haydn Society gave the American premiere of JEPHTHA, Handel's last oratorio masterpiece in 1867. Other Boston groups have performed it with distinction since, but now it's H&H's turn again. Music director Harry Christophers leads a cast that includes tenor Robert Murray as Jephtha, soprano Joélle Harvey as Iphis, the daughter he has vowed to sacrifice, and soprano Teresa Wakim as the interceding angel.
Symphony Hall, 301 Mass Ave, Boston | May 3 and 5 | $20-$84
9_ TERRY GROSS: ALL I DID WAS ASK | Terry Gross, the popular host and interviewer nonpareil of NPR's Fresh Air celebrates the show's 25th anniversary this year, bringing a delicious talk, "All I Did Was Ask," in which she tells all about the way the show is produced, how she works, the way she gets and treats her guests, and the way they treat her. The clips she plays are wonderful, including some from interviews that never made it on the air. This may be your one chance to hear why Monica Lewinsky and Lou Reed walked off the show.
Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St, Cambridge | May 10 | $40-$65
10_ THE GREAT GATSBY | John Harbison's masterly opera of The Great Gatsby was commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera and opened in 1999. It's also been produced in Chicago, but never in Boston. Emmanuel Music is remedying that serious omission with a concert version conducted by Ryan Turner, with rising young tenor Gordon Gietz as Gatsby, soprano Devon Guthrie as Daisy, tenor Alex Richardson as Tom, and such Boston favorites as James Maddalena, David Kravitz, David Cushing, Krista River, Lynn Torgove, Charles Blandy, and Donald Wilkinson fleshing out the cast (there's a repeat performance at Tanglewood, July 11).
Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St, Boston | | May 12 | $30-$150