The Royal Opera House, Convent Garden, celebrated its centenary with a gala performance of opera and ballet.
L.V.Int. Queen and Duke of Edinburgh into Opera House.
S.V. Queen being greeted by Earl of Droghada & Countess.
Pan to B.V. up stairs...Chairman of The Royal Opera House.
S.V.Pan Queen past.
L.V. Queen and Duke entering Royal Box
S.V. Standing during National Anthem.
L.V. Cast on stage National Anthem.
Top V. Audience sit down.
L.V. Of auditorium.
S.V. Decorations in theatre.
G.V. Of auditorium.
L.V.Pan From cast gathered to Queen and Duke entering on to stage.
S.V.Pan Cast watching.
L.V. Rafael Kubalik (Musical Director of Covent Garden)
S.V. Maria Meneghini Callas-American born Prima Donna being presented.
S.V. Irene Dalis - Prima Donna from Hamburg.
S.V. Cast watching.
S.V. Dame Margot Fenteyn being presented.
C.U. Tilt up from members of cast-watching.
S.V. Michael Some-principal male dancer-being presented.
L.V. Cast watching.
S.V. Queen and Duke.
L.V. Man explaining to Queen (some detail ?)
C.U. Back V. Queen talking to other members of cast.
G.V. Queen and cast.
C.U.Back V. Queen and Duke talking to cast-pan to cast applauding.
L.V. Duke and Queen leave.
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Background: The Royal Opera House, Convent Garden, celebrated its centenary with a gala performance of opera and ballet. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were among the 2,300 people who were present for this historic occasion.
After the performance, close on midnight , the Queen went backstage with members of her party. In honour of the domestic side of the event, some members of the Covent Garden office and stage staffs were presented. The Queen left the Opera House shortly after midnight.
When they arrived the Royal party were met in the foyer by the Earl of Drogheds, chairman of the directors.
Then they made their way up the grand staircase, passing tall mirrors flanked by pink and scarlet rhododendrons, which matched the scarlet carpet. Her Majesty walked through the glittering crush bar the Royal Box in the centre of the grand tier. Grenadier Guardsmen, in blue, scarlet and gold livery lined the stairs.
The feature of the first part of the programme was Mme. Callas's performance as Elvira in the mad scene from Bellini's 'I Puritani'. She received six curtain calls and a prolonged ovation ----- It will be remembered that Mme. Callas refused to sing because of lack of audience appreciation, in Rome earlier this year, while the President of Italy attended the performance.