Born November 10, 1889, Joliet, Illinois Died December 7, 1951, Chicago, Illinois
About Edward Joseph Collins
Edward Joseph Collins, once described as a "Midwestern darling" by the New York Times, deserves more recognition outside of his native Chicago. He composed an operetta to entertain the troops while serving in World War I, which was attended by President Wilson and General Pershing, but his Bispham-award-winning opera, Daughter of the South, remains unperformed.
Albany Records began in 2001 to record all of Collins' works; the last volume to date was recorded in 2004, and the set does not include any of Collins' operatic music, although Volume 6 does feature his 1928 choral work Hymn to the Earth.
Daughter of the South, opera in one act Libretto by the composer. composed January 14, 1939 [unperformed]