"Everyone's a critic?"
The first London performance of Handel's "Messiah" was not a success. Criticism was voiced that the work’s subject matter was “too exalted to be performed in a theatre, particularly by secular singers.” Handel tried to appease the conservatives by using a different name, calling it the “New Sacred Oratorio” instead of “Messiah.” Even then, however, the London reception of the production remained cool, and the oratorio was only performed three times that year instead of the anticipated six. And yet today this work is seen as a masterpiece. Not sure what Statler and Waldorf would have made of it though.....