Last week end, I was invited by Montegrappa to a gala celebrating Verdi's bicentennial at Raffles Hotel. The Italian luxury writing instruments will be teaming up with the Emirates Opera Projects, and Mohamad Hammami and Martyn Bagnall' Al Sharq Orchestra to perform Verdi's most famous operas such as " La donna è mobile" from Rigoletto, "Libiamo ne' lieti calici" from La Traviata, "Grand march" from Aida... Despite the acoustics not being ideal, I absolutely loved the opportunity to hear live classical music. I thought the way they highlighted emblematic pieces of each opera and played for 10 to 15 minutes between each course of the dinner was a good balance and worked well for the singers, the orchestra and the audience. I had forgotten how much I missed the opera and how easy it is to daydream when listenning to classical music (and yes, even if nobody will admit it, it's also easy to fall asleep, I will never forget that russian opera in Vienna... I woke up when the king died, but still have no idea why he was killed). It was a real treat!