September 27, 1855

On September 27, 1855, George Frederick Bristow’s “Rip Van Winkle”, the second American opera, opened in New York City. Critics called it a real snooze-fest. They said it was hard for them to keep their eyes open. They opined that the only song lacking was a lullaby. They witnessed most of the audience hibernating through the first three Acts. They wished an entrepreneur had sold pillows and mulled wine at the concession stands.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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