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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 … Continue reading

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