I took a week vacation from work, and camped out in front of the "New Met" for one week, in order to get Standing Room Tickets for the back of the Orchestra, not only for the Opening Night, but for most of the first month.
It was one of the most glorious weeks of my life...Such excitement. I was #3 on line, so I was assured to getting tickets for everything. I remember sleeping out, among all sorts of great people...All of whom where mad for opera. We also had lots of visitors, including Renata Tebaldi, Franco Corelli, (They were preparing for GIOCONDA, Marc Chagall, Franco Zeffirelli, among others, some bringing coffee, others just wanted to chat. It was amazing!! I was excited about ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, because a friend of mine Justino Diaz was the Antony. GIOCONDA, had my hero Franco Corelli. On line, we received the tragic news of the death of Fritz Wunderlich, who would sing the Tamino in MAGIC FLUTE. Mr. Bing quickly got Nicolai Gedda to replace him. I saw everything that first month several times, and in truth spent more time at the New Met, than my own home over the years. My two children even sang in the Children's Chorus for several years. That is why the MET to me, is a second home. We had great productions then, and the best singers in the world! What a time to be alive.