Maria Callas infuriates the audience by refusing to sing after the first act of 'Norma'.
GV. Exterior of the Rome Opera house at night. SV. Newspaper "La Callas Abbandona" opera, & CU. CU. Another newspaper headline 'La Callas Interrompe La Norma'. SCU. Greek born soprano Maria Callas in evening dress. SV. Poster in frame showing the four act opera 'Norma'. LV. Guests and personalities arriving int he foyer of the opera house. SV. Pan, film star Anna Magnani walking through the foyer. SVU. Pan, Silvana Pampanini arriving. SV. Pan, another personality in short evening dress. SCU. American journalist Elsa Maxwell smiling. SCU. Two women in evening dress with white fur stoles round their shoulders. SV. Towards, two women walking in foyer wearing beautiful evening dresses. SV. Back view, woman wearing a type of quilted dress. SV. Two more women walking towards wearing beautiful evening dresses. SCU. Italian film star Gina Lollobrigida with husband. SV. Group of women chatting, wearing great evening dresses. CU. Pan up back of one silk evening dress. LV. Pan, all the guests and personalities assembled in the foyer. SV. Pan, exterior, the Italian President's car arriving at the opera house. CU. Guard saluting. SV. Italian President Giovanni Gronchi shaking hands with officials and walking into the opera house. GV. Interior of opera house showing the audience, boxes and people waiting around. SV. The audience standing around by their seats, talking. SV. The opera star, Miss Callas, standing on platform singing at rehearsal, choir and orchestra finish. GV. Pan, interior of the opera house, audience waiting for the announcement that the performance would not continue. LV. Audience standing around by their seats int he stalls and the curtains go down.