Fireworks erupt over the Olympic Stadium ©Getty Images


Azerbaijan's flagbearer, judoka Elmar Gasimov, leads his team into the Olympic Stadium ©Getty Images Armenia were greeted with boos from some sections of the crowd ©Getty ImagesKosovo are competing in their first-ever multi-sport Games ©Getty Images 1,000 dancers took to the stage at the start of proceedings ©Getty ImagesAlim Qasimov sings an improvised mugham while sitting on a flying carpet ©Getty Images  Performers depicting the characters Leyli and Majnun from the poetry of Nizami dance on giant measuring scales ©Getty Images A giant pomegranate representing abundance, rebirth, love and good luck splits open to release its seeds ©Getty Images A performer depicting Europa, a Phoenician princess rides a white bull representing the greek god, Zeus ©Getty ImagesFinal Torchbearer Ilham Zakiyev is accompanied by Said Guliyev as he carries the Baku 2015 Flame into the Olympic Stadium ©Getty ImagesA ring of fire representing a total solar eclipse burns ©Getty Images Performers depict the flag of Azerbaijan ©Getty Images Lady Gaga performed the John Lennon classic 'Imagine' in one of the biggest surprises of the night ©Getty ImagesMehriban Aliyeva, the First Lady of Azerbaijan and chair of the Baku 2015 European Games Operation Committee, and Patrick Hickey, President of the European Olympic Committees, both delivered speeches ©Getty ImagesAzerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev (centre) officially declared the Baku 2015 European Games open ©Getty Images