Height: 42.0 cm, Width: 26.0 cm
Silk programme produced for the Dublin Grand Opera Society's production of Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci,a 'Special Grand Gala Night' in the presence of His Excellency, the President of Ireland Eamon de Valera, Dublin Gaiety Theatre, 25th April 1973.
Silk programme on cream silk in blue typography with green foliate chain border and cream nylon fringe attached to each edge, printed with details of the operas, orchestra, governing body, management committee and theatre staff for the 'Special Grand Gala Night' in the presence of His Excellency, the President of Ireland Eamon de Valera, Dublin Gaiety Theatre, 25th April 1973.
Silk and satin programmes were traditionally produced for special evenings at the theatre, often in the presence of a national or local dignatory, in this case the President of Ireland Eamon de Valera. This is a version of the silk programme with a cream fringe that is not a feature of another copy of the programme in the collection. This version may well have been given to those in the expensive seats, or perhaps just the President and his party, while the fringed version was reserved for those in cheaper parts of the house.
The performers in Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Masagni are listed on the programme as Nunzio Todisco, Pedro Farres, Ruth Maher, Olive Duncan and Maria Angela Rosati; those in I Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo were Renato Francesconi, Rita Lantieri, Salvatore Sassu, Patrick Ring and Giorgio Gatti. The conductor was Albert Rosen, the producer Sanzio Levratti, the chorus master John Brady, the resident chorus master and accompanist Jeannie Reddin McDondald, the choreographer Nadia Stiven, with the RTE (Radio Telefis Eireann Authority) Symphony Orchestra, the artistic director Napoleone Annavazzi. The scenery was designed by Rafaello Maffioli, the stage manager was Paddy Jones, the assistant stage manager was George McFall, the stage electrician Sean Burke and the theatre manager was Joe Kearns.
Location: In Storage