Born September 13, 1859, Sacramento, California Died unknown, unknown
About Joseph D. Redding
Joseph D. Redding was better known as a musical citizen of San Francisco than as a composer, but he was the author, among other works, of the opera Fay-Yen-Fah (some sources give it as Fay-En-Fah), which became, not only the first American opera produced in France, but also the first American opera performed by the San Francisco Opera, as part of a special January season. The opera was composed to an English libretto, but the premiere and the San Francisco production were presented in French for the convenience of the singers.
Fay-Yen-Fah Libretto by Charles Templeton Crocker after the grove-play The Land of Happiness by Crocker and Redding. February 26, 1925, Monte Carlo [American premiere 11 Jan. 1926, San Francisco Grand Opera Company, Columbia Theater, San Francisco, California. See Hipsher (1978) at p. 367 for full cast.]