Rolls-Royce 100th Anniversary Celebration
2004 is the year of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Rolls-Royce brand all over the world. Exactly 100 years ago, the historic meeting of Charles Rolls and Henry Royce took place in Manchester, it was from this day that the most legendary brand of the century originates. The honorable mission to celebrate the anniversary of Rolls-Royce in Russia was entrusted to Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Moscow, a member of the International Automobile Association Musa Motors. The scale of the event itself suggested the venue. The anniversary event took place on June 23 at the State Bolshoi Theater of Russia, and was opened by the premiere of Richard Wagner's opera "The Flying Dutchman" staged by the outstanding German director Peter Konvichny. The management of the Bolshoi Theater reacted with special interest to the proposal to celebrate the anniversary. After all, Rolls-Royce is as polyphonic, as complex and beautiful as opera is complex and beautiful. And if so, then the opera should have been born on the birthday of Rolls-Royce. Which one? Firstly, romantic: there was no way to do without a love story this evening. Secondly, it is mystical: the latest Rolls-Royce model is called Phantom, and it was she who was shown to the guests who came to the holiday. And I also really wanted to pay tribute to the great Bavarian BMW automobile family, into which Rolls-Royce joined a few years ago. The only work that combined all three conditions was Wagner's opera, The Flying Dutchman, a joint production of the Bolshoi Theater and the Bavarian Opera. To further emphasize the significance of this event, the management of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Moscow ordered an exclusive product – a pin with the Rolls–Royce logo, which is made of gold and diamonds, to the Russian jewelry house "yUTe - Jewelry Theater". Boris Teterev, President of the International Automobile Association Musa Motors, presented this unique piece of jewelry to Mr. Kalbfel, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Executive Director of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd. during the official part of the event. It should be especially noted that it was in Russia that Mr. Kalbfel's first official speech took place after he took office. According to the executive director of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd., his debut was a success. After the official part and the performance, a reception was held on the site in front of the theater on the occasion of the 100th anniversary, at which many famous socialites were noticed, including Elena Hanga, Andrey Bildjo, Andrey Malakhov, Arina Sharapova, Pavel Astakhov, Igor Butman, Igor Yamov (Ingosstrakh), Vladimir Ruga (TNK VP), Alexander Gafin. The guests were presented with a historical exposition of 6 Rolls-Royce cars. The Auto-Premium company provided 3 Rolls-Royse cars: Rolls-Royce Phantom, Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit and Rolls-Royce Silver Spur. Among all the cars there was a car from Leonid Brezhnev's garage. The event ended with a festive fireworks display in the center of Moscow. Each guest received as a gift a unique edition about the history of Rolls-Royce, which was specially prepared and released for the 100th anniversary.