Bispham Memorial Medal Award

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The Bispham Memorial Medal Award was an award for operas written in English which was presented annually by the American Opera Society of Chicago from 1921 until 1932. The award was named for baritone David Bispham, who was a great proponent of performing opera in English in the United States. It was traditionally awarded to American composers, frequently for an opera on an American subject. It was funded, in part, by composer Eleanor Everest Freer, who was also one of its recipients (for The Legend of the Piper). Other recipients include (alphabetically by author):


  • David Ewen, Encyclopedia of the Opera: New Enlarged Edition. New York; Hill and Wang, 1963.
  • List of winners, cited on Opera-L