I went into what I called the inner sanctum of opera This is still the old house downtown and I thought wonder what this is about, you know?
Because they were plans for the new fabulous house were being Shall we say?
Choreographed at that time. I knew anything about it, but Mr. Bing said, 'Leontyne, We have a bit of news for you You have been chosen by us and by Samuel Barber to open the new Metropolitan Opera House.
I thought I was going to die. I did, sort of. So what else is new look we didn't go down Are you kidding me? And... I don't know Now Laura really sit in mama and daddy really sit in everything all my teachers said and I thought okay because the hope point was for you to be an all-American occasion That whole year... I dedicated myself to living almost like a nu.
I did nothing that would possibly interfere with my being at my total complete best. I was just so... determined that I was going to do my country proud.