President Éamon de Valera is the guest of honour at the the Gaiety Theatre for the Dublin Grand Opera Society gala night.

Upon his arrival at the Gaiety Theatre, President De Valera is greeted by Anthony Hughes and Colonel William O'Kelly of the Dublin Grand Opera Society (DGOS) before a performance of La Traviata.

President De Valera attends gala night performance of La Traviata (1972)
President De Valera attends gala night performance of La Traviata (1972)

Giuseppe Verdi's 'La Traviata' composed in 1852, opens as the fourth show in the DGOS five opera season. The performers include Susanna Ghione, Gabriele Floresta, Alberto Carusi, William Young, Patrick Keys, Olive Duncan, Patrick Ring and Monica Condron.

The sets and costumes were designed by Jannsens and Jolanda with dancing by Sylvia Behan and her company.

Music was provided by the RTÉ Symphony Orchestra conducted by Napoleone Annovazzi.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 11 April 1972.