Later the Same Evening
Composer: John Musto
Composer Bio: John Musto is an American composer and pianist. As a composer, he is active in opera, orchestral and chamber music, song, vocal ensemble, and solo piano works. As a pianist, he performs frequently as a soloist, alone and with orchestra, as a chamber musician, and with singers.

Musto studied at the Manhattan School of Music. After graduation from the conservatory with a reputation as a pianist, his compositions began to draw increasing attention and frequent performances. His long association with such institutions as the New York Festival of Song (including serving as new music advisor), the Wolf Trap Opera Company, the Caramoor Festival, Copland House, the Miller Theatre at Columbia University, and the Moab Festival have given him stable bases of operation and numerous commissions.
Librettist: Mark Campbell
Librettist Bio: Mark Campbell is one of opera’s most sought after librettists. Recent productions include Volpone with Wolf Trap Opera, music by John Musto; with the University of Maryland and the National Gallery of Art, music by Musto; and Bastianello/Lucrezia with New York Festival of Song at Weill Recital Hall, music by Musto and William Bolcom. Notable musicals include Songs From An Unmade Bed with New York Theatre Workshop and Light Shall Lift Them at BAM. He has been the recipient of a Grammy nomination, three Drama Desk Award nominations, two Richard Rodgers Awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a New York Foundation for the Arts Playwriting Fellowship, and a Kleban Foundation Award. Upcoming productions are: The Inspector (Wolf Trap, music by Musto); Silent Night (Minnesota Opera, music by Kevin Puts); and Rapphannock County (Virginia Opera, Virginia Arts Festival, University of Richmond, music by Ricky Ian Gordon).
Other Artistic Personnel: Glen Cortese, conductor
Leon Major, director
Erhard Rom, scenic designer
David O. Roberts, costume designer
Nancy Schertler, lighting designer
National Gallery Orchestra
Original Cast: Claire Kuttler (Elaine O'Neill)
Andrew Adelsberger (Gus O'Neill)
Melissa Schiel (Estelle Oglethorpe)
Onyu Park (Ruth Baldwin)
Eric C. Black (Ronaldo Cabral)
Jenna Lebherz (Thelma Yablonski)
Adam Hall (Jimmy O'Keefe)
Jenny Chen (Valentina Scarcella)
Premiere Date: November 15, 2007
Producing Company: Maryland Opera Studio
Description: Later the Same Evening was inspired by five Edward Hopper paintings: "Room in New York," "Hotel Window," "Hotel Room," "Two on the Aisle" and "Automat." The opera imagines the lives of the figures in these paintings and connects them as characters—both directly and tangentially—on one evening in New York City in 1932.

A young married couple in their apartment avoids the encroaching estrangement in their marriage—she by playing the piano, he by reading the newspaper—before she angrily leaves to see a Broadway musical without him. At the same time in a hotel lobby, a recently widowed older woman nervously awaits her date who will be taking her to a Broadway musical. And in a hotel room, a young woman composes a letter to her boyfriend telling him that she is leaving New York and returning to Indianapolis after a failed career as a dancer. All three women see their changing lives through a window.

Minutes later, these women intersect with others in the audience of a Broadway musical: a young man from Lynchburg visiting New York for the first time, an older Jewish couple whose bickering is a form of love, an elegant woman from Italy confounded by the musical and her new country, and a young man who plants an engagement ring on a theatre seat for his girlfriend who happens to be a dancer from Indianapolis. As the houselights dim, the strangers are connected as an audience watching the musical—only to break apart again outside the theatre in the pouring rain.

Later in an automat, the usher from the theatre muses about her work and the odd excitement of city life. She encounters the young man with the engagement ring and they leave the automat together.
Character List (Major): 11 singers
Reviews: Opera News Online, Nov 17, 2007
Washington Post, Nov 17, 2007
Washington Times, Nov 17, 2007
Wall Street Journal, Dec 6, 2007
Video Clip:
Length: 01:15
Total Acts: 1
Orchestration: fl(picc), ob(Eng Hrn), 2 cl(bcl), bsn – 2 hrn, tpt, tbn(btbn) - 2 perc, pf - str
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Later the Same Evening (Musto)
Thursday, July 21, 2011 - Glimmerglass Festival
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