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Which composer wrote the first American opera?

All the standard reference works will tell you that the first opera by an American composer was Leonora by William Henry Fry. It ran for 12 performances in Philadelphia in 1845. Fry considered that a respectable enough run that he had the piano-vocal score published. Other publishers issued various excerpts over the next seven years. [...]