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"Notre-Dame of Paris," final opera of William Henry Fry, debuts in his home city in aid of soldiers' charity

Grand Musical Festival, Sanitary Fair, Philadelphia, May 4, 1864, artist's impression
As a gala opening event of the Sanitary Fair in Philadelphia, the Grand Musical Festival had for its centerpiece the premiere of Notre-Dame of Paris, the final opera of Philadelphia composer William Henry Fry. With the libretto by his brother, Joseph Reece Fry, and featuring an experienced and well-known cast and orchestra under future New York Philharmonic director, Theodore Thomas, it was declared a critical success.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Elise Kuhl Kirk, American Opera (Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2001), 85-86.