5th January 1857
2nd October 1921
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
David Scull Bispham was the first American–born operatic baritone to win an international reputation. At twenty-eight he went to Europe, studying singing in Florence with Luigi Vannuccini and in Milan with Francesco Lamperti. He also studied in Bayreuth. In 1891 he was selected from among fifty applicants to perform the role of the Duc de Longueville in a London performance of André Messager's La Basoche; this marked his first professional appearance on any stage.