The Royal Opera House, Convent Garden, celebrated its centenary with a gala performance of opera and ballet.
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.