WILLIAM H. FRY was the music critic of the New York Tribune, and his opera "Leonora" was probably the first grand opera by an American given a public representation. Mr. Fry's brother, J. R. Fry wrote the libretto, and the opera was first performed in Philadelphia at the Chestnut Street Theatre on June 4, 1845. The cast was as follows—Valdor, Mr. Ritchings; Montalvo, Mr. Seguin; Alferez, Mr. Brunton; Julio, Mr. Frazer; Leonora, Mrs. Seguin; Mariana, Miss Ince. "Leonora" left American grand opera about where it was before, and, it must be confessed, about where it has remained up to the present day. Mr. Fry did not prove to be the genius who was to show that a school of native grand opera is possible, and like the audience of that far away night in the forties we are still waiting for that genius's advent!