A woman of class and style — that is what Leontyne Price represents.
A voice that has become refined throughout the years,
a voice that opera fans world wide have come to love and cherish.
The gift of her voice spoke to the masses
and underclassmen in a time few knew of her kindred spirit.
The operatic voice, the American soprano, the woman in black,
the woman in opera clothing — gave voice to dreams
where whatever singing phrase is possible.
Black history is a better place for the first African-American woman
to be a leading star in the Metropolitan Opera.
I remember America, the Beautiful and the first time
I heard this melody sung by the queen of opera.
Some things take us away to a place — like in fairy tales,
a place where we strive to be excellent always.
Innovation should never be a deterring factor
separating courage under fire.
Songs of tomorrow became her graceful beauty.
a splendor raised in a requiem for tomorrows new world.