Queen and Prince Philip set to attend Diamond Jubilee gala at the Royal Opera House today
15:20 GMT, 30 October 2012
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will attend a gala Diamond Jubilee celebration at the Royal Opera House today.
The couple will be greeted by the chief executive of the Royal Opera House, Tony Hall, and introduced to officials before the performance.
The Queen will be presented with a posy by a youngster from the Chance to Dance programme which gives children the opportunity to train in classical ballet by attending weekly classes.
Celebration: The Queen and Prince Philip will today attend a gala performance of opera, classical music and ballet in honour of Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee
The royal couple will watch the Extraordinary World performance which is an evening of opera, ballet and music featuring Daniel Oren and Barry Wordsworth with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.
A highlight includes the Royal Opera Chorus performing Va, pensiero, from Verdi’s Nabucco.
The Royal Ballet, including world renowned principal dancers and full corps de ballet, will perform pieces from choreographers Alastair Marriott and Wayne McGregor.
Internationally acclaimed artist Roberto Alagna will sing an aria from Le Cid, Angela Gheorghiu sings Habanera from Carmen, and Bryn Terfel the powerful Te Deum from Tosca.
After the performance the royal party will proceed to the stage where they will greet performers and backstage crew.
Memorable: The Queen's Jubilee has been marked by a summer of festivities, including the wonderful spectacle that was the Thames Pageant