Opera without the Gala
The Express Tribune Blogs - almost 6 years
Perhaps I’m a little old fashioned, but I’ve always imagined a gala to be some sort of musical festivity that takes place on the beach, near a pond or on the banks of a river. Everybody would be dressed in shorts, T-shirts and sandals knocking back spiked pina coladas. A Hawaiian guitar would be strung in the background, while a wahine draped in a sarong, with a face and figure like Dorothy Lamour, would waft by singing “Moon of Manakoora”. I was therefore a little surprised to discover that the Grand Opera Gala held at the Sheraton Hotel, Karachi on April 28 was not staged at the pool but in the Grand Ballroom. But don’t get me wrong, everything was just right; the arrangements, the food, the lighting, the helpful ushers and the service, thanks to the dynamic marketing director Kamran Sani who is a stickler for detail. The only problem was I wasn’t able to study the programme as I have yet not mastered the art of reading by candlelight an...
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