Esplanade Presents


Melissa Hamilton's International Ballet Stars Gala

Melissa Hamilton, Ryoichi Hirano (The Royal Ballet)
Yasmine Naghdi, Marcelino Sambé (The Royal Ballet)
Madoka Sugai, Alessandro Frola (Hamburg Ballet)
Mackenzie Brown, Martí Fernández Paixà (Stuttgart Ballet)
Singapore Ballet
(Various countries)

23 Mar 2024, Sat, 8pm

24 Mar 2024, Sun, 3pm

2hrs 30mins

(Intermission: 1 x 20mins)

Esplanade Theatre

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Melissa Hamilton & Ryoichi Hirano (The Royal Ballet)
Yasmine Naghdi (Photo Credit: Bill Cooper) & Marcelino Sambé (The Royal Ballet)
Madoka Sugai & Alessandro Frola (Hamburg Ballet) Photo Credit: Kiran West
Mackenzie Brown & Martí Fernández Paixà (Stuttgart Ballet)
Singapore Ballet (Photo credit: Bernie Ng)

A spectacle filled with excitement, emotive beauty and physical prowess, Melissa Hamilton’s International Ballet Stars Gala brings some of today’s brightest stars from the international ballet world to the Esplanade stage.


Witness the wonder of world-renowned dance artists from the most revered dance companies in the world: The Royal Ballet, Hamburg Ballet and Stuttgart Ballet, with the Singapore Ballet in this star-studded weekend of performances.


Audiences from around the world are invited to revel in the performances of stars like Melissa Hamilton, Ryoichi Hirano, Yasmine Naghdi, Marcelino Sambé, Madoka Sugai, Alessandro Frola, Mackenzie Brown and Martí Fernández Paixà, who will grace the stage with excerpts from well-loved ballet classics, iconic company heritage pieces and modern innovative new work from today’s most inspiring choreographers.  


Complemented by an ensemble appearance from Singapore Ballet, this performance is set to be a magical one, a showcase of how dance is an art form with the ability to tell stories without words, inspiring reflection and connection that transcend day-to-day life. 


This programme is part of da:ns focus – Ballet by the Bay, a ballet lovers’ weekend of classics and neo-classical works. Be inspired by world-class productions and be introduced to new perspectives on this celebrated art form. 

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Choreography by Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. 
Music by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Performed by Melissa Hamilton and Ryoichi Hirano 


Romeo and Juliet 'Balcony’ Pas de deux 

Choreography by John Cranko 
Music by Sergei Prokofiev  
Performed by Mackenzie Brown and Martí Fernández Paixà 


La Esmeralda Pas de deux 

Choreography by Marius Petipa 
Music by Cesare Pugni 
Performed by Madoka Sugai and Alessandro Frola 


Giselle Pas de deux- Act II 

Choreography by Marius Petipa, Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot 
Music by Adolphe Adam 
Performed by Yasmine Naghdi and Marcelino Sambé 


Choreography by Wayne McGregor 
Music by Scanner 
Performed by Melissa Hamilton and Ryoichi Hirano  
Qualia was originally commissioned by The Royal Ballet, Covent Garden 


Choreography by Goh Choo San 
Music by Sergei Prokofiev
Performed by Kwok Min Yi, Kana Minegishi, Esen Thang, Nanase Tanaka, Stephanie Joe, Satoru Agetsuma, Jason Carter, Timothy Ng, Joshua Lee, Takeaki Miura (Singapore Ballet) 


Manon ‘Bedroom’ Pas de deux 

Choreography by Sir Kenneth MacMillan 
Music by Jules Massenet
Performed by Melissa Hamilton and Ryoichi Hirano 


A Dialog 

Choreography by Roman Novitzky 
Music by Nina Simone “Sinnerman” 
Performed by Mackenzie Brown and Martí Fernández Paixà 


Lady of the Camellias ‘Purple’ Pas de deux 

Choreography by John Neumeier
Music by Frédéric Chopin 
Costumes by Jürgen Rose 
Performed by Madoka Sugai and Alessandro Frola 


La Luna 

Choreography by Maurice Béjart 
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach 
Performed by Melissa Hamilton 


Le Corsaire Pas de deux 

Choreography by Marius Petipa 
Music by Riccardo Drigo 
Performed by Yasmine Naghdi and Marcelino Sambé 

Artist Information

Melissa Hamilton

Melissa Hamilton is a First Soloist of The Royal Ballet. She won the 2007 Youth American Grand Prix and that year joined The Royal Ballet as an Artist, promoted to First Artist in 2009, Soloist in 2010 and First Soloist in 2013.

Her roles with The Royal Ballet include Manon, Juliet, Mary Vetsera (Mayerling), Raven Girl, the Sugar Plum Fairy, Queen of the Dryads, Olga (Onegin), the Lilac Fairy and Princess Florine (Sleeping Beauty), Peasant Pas and Zulme (Giselle), Fairy Godmother and Summer Fairy (Cinderella), Pas de Trois and Big Swans (Swan Lake). She has also performed leading roles in Agon, Apollo, Serenade, Four Temperaments Rubies, Afternoon of a Faun, The Concert, Requiem, The Judas Tree, Elite Syncopations, among many others.

Created roles include Wayne McGregor’s Infra, Acis and Galatea, Limen, Carbon Life, Woolf Works, Yugen, The Dante Project and Untitled, 2023, David Dawson’s The Human Seasons, Christopher Wheeldon’s Trespass and Kyle Abraham’s Optional Family: A Divertissement.

As a guest principal with Semperoper Ballett, she made her role debuts of Odette/Odile (Swan Lake), Aurora (The Sleeping Beauty) and Nikiya (La Bayadère) and has appeared as a guest with Teatro alla Scala, New National Theatre Tokyo, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Polish National Ballet.

Other repertoire includes Ben Stevenson’s Three Preludes, Matz Ek’s She was Black, Maurice Béjart’s La Luna and Wayne McGregor’s Tree of Codes.

Awards include YAGP Grand Prix, Gold Medal at Seoul International Ballet competition and the Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Female Performance 2009.

Ryoichi Hirano

Japanese dancer Ryoichi Hirano is a Principal of The Royal Ballet. He joined the company as a Prix de Lausanne apprentice in 2001 and became an Artist in 2002, promoted to First Artist in 2007, Soloist in 2008, First Soloist in 2012 and Principal in 2016. 


His repertory with The Royal Ballet includes Albrecht (Giselle), Prince Siegfried (Swan Lake), Prince Florimund (The Sleeping Beauty), Leontes and Polixenes (The Winter’s Tale), Espada and Gamache (Don Quixote), Romeo, Tybalt and Paris (Romeo and Juliet), Onegin (Onegin), Jean de Brienne (Raymonda Act III), Crown Prince Rudolf (Mayerling), Prince (The Prince of the Pagodas, The Nutcracker), Rasputin and Officer (Anastasia), Witch (Hansel and Gretel), among many others.


Ryoichi has created roles for the Royal Ballet in Liam Scarlett’s Asphodel Meadows and in Wayne McGregor’s The Dante Project, Infra and Obsidian Tear.

Yasmine Naghdi

Yasmine Naghdi is a Principal of The Royal Ballet. She joined in 2010, was promoted to First Artist in 2012, Soloist in 2014, First Soloist in 2016 and Principal in 2017.


Her leading roles with the Company include Odette/Odile (Swan Lake), Princess Aurora (The Sleeping Beauty), Juliet (Romeo and Juliet), Tatiana (Onegin), Giselle, Cinderella, Kitri (Don Quixote), Gamzatti (La Bayadère), Swanilda (Coppélia), Baroness Mary Vetsera, Countess Marie Larish (Mayerling), Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker), Firebird (The Firebird), Mathilde Kschessinska (Anastasia), Tita (Like Water for Chocolate), among many others.


She created a role in Valentino Zucchetti's Prima.


Her further repertory includes Le Corsaire Grand Pas de deux, Sylvia Act III Pas de deux, Le Parc (Angelin Preljocaj), Three Preludes (Ben Stevenson) and Ballet Imperial (George Balanchine).

Marcelino Sambé

Portuguese dancer Marcelino Sambé is a Principal of The Royal Ballet. He joined the company during the 2012/13 Season, promoted to First Artist in 2014, Soloist in 2015, First Soloist in 2017 and Principal in 2019.


His repertory with the company includes Prince Siegfried (Swan Lake), Albrecht (Giselle), Prince Florimund (Sleeping Beauty), Franz (Coppélia), Colas (La Fille mal gardée), Oberon (The Dream), Hans-Peter/Nutcracker (The Nutcracker), Romeo (Romeo and Juliet), Brother Clown (The Winter’s Tale), Des Grieux, Lescaut and Beggar Chief (Manon), Crown Prince Rudolf (Mayerling), Bronze Idol (La Bayadère), Basilio (Don Quixote), Officer (Anastasia), among many others.


He created Pedro in Christopher Wheeldon’s Like Water for Chocolate and roles in Kyle Abraham’s Optional Family: A Divertissement, Crystal Pite’s Flight Pattern, Kim Brandstrup’s Ceremony of Innocence, Marriott’s Connectome, Hofesh Shechter’s Untouchable, Cathy Marston’s The Cellist and Wayne McGregor’s Woolf Works and The Dante Project.


Sambé’s dance awards include a silver medal at the Moscow International Ballet Competition in 2008, first prize at the Youth American Grand Prix in 2009, a gold medal and special award at the USA International Ballet Competition in 2010 and the Critics' Circle National Dance Awards for Outstanding Male Classical Performance (2017) and Best Male Dancer (2019).

Madoka Sugai

Japanese dancer Madoka Sugai is a Principal dancer with Hamburg Ballet.  She joined the company in 2014, promoted to Soloist in 2017 and Principal in 2019.


Her repertoire with the company includes Peasant Pas de deux (Giselle), Cinderella (A Cinderella Story), Prudence Duvernoy (Lady of the Camellias), Princess Natalia in (Illusions – like Swan Lake), Woman III (Bernstein Dances), Hermia (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Ophelia (Hamlet 21), Sylvia (Sylvia), Princess Aurora, Princess Florine, Mercury and Aurora, the Dawn (The Sleeping Beauty, 2021), Louise and The Beautiful Girl from Granada (The Nutcracker), Bronislava Nijinsky (Nijinsky), Woman in Apricot – Dances at a Gathering (Jerome Robbins), Kitri (Rudolf Nurejev after Marius Petipa), Princess Perdita (The Winter's Tale).


Other roles are Soldier Songs (Des Knaben Wunderhorn), The Fifth Symphony of Gustav Mahler, Vaslav, Broadway’s Pavlova, Saint Matthew Passion, Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler, Préludes CV, Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet (Balanchine).


Created roles include A Mystic and A young Woman in Dona Nobis Pacem and solos in Beethoven Project, Ghost Light, Beethoven Project II, Solo for Two (Konstantin Tselikov), Little Requiem (Aleix Martínez) and Götterboten (Aljoscha Lenz). Madoka’s awards include Prix de Lausanne 2012 and the Dr.Wilhelm Oberdörffer Prize 2018.

Alessandro Frola

Italian dancer Alessandro Frola is a Principal of Hamburg Ballet. He joined the company 2019, promoted to Soloist in 2022 and to Principal in 2023.

His repertoire with the company includes Lysander (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Endymion (Sylvia), Prince Désiré, Catalabutte and Cupid’s Blessing (The Sleeping Beauty, 2021), Wolf Beifeld (Liliom), Frederick the Great (Death in Venice), Pas de deux (A Cinderella Story),

Prince Siegfried and Prince Alexander (Illusions – like Swan Lake), Love (Bernstein Dances), Mercutio (Romeo and Juliet), Allan Gray (A Streetcar Named Desire), Arlequin (Carnaval) and The Spirit of the Rose (Le Spectre de la rose in "Nijinsky").

Other roles include Saint Matthew Passion, Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler and Préludes CV. He created the role of The Shadow (Dona Nobis Pacem) and a role in Peter and Igor. Alessandro was awarded the Dr. Wilhelm Oberdörffer Prize 2023.

Mackenzie Brown

Mackenzie Brown is a Principal of Stuttgart Ballet. She joined in 2020, promoted to Demi-Soloist 2021, Soloist in 2022 and Principal in October 2023.


Her repertoire with the company includes Aurora in Aurora’s Nap (Johan Inger), Blake Works I (William Forsythe), Bliss (Johan Inger), Bouillards (John Cranko): Les Fées sont d'exquises danseuses, Cassiopeia's Garden (Christian Spuck), Falling Angels (Jiří Kylián), Große Fuge (Hans van Manen), Initials R.B.M.E. (John Cranko), Princess Louise, Mayerling (Kenneth MacMillan), One of a Kind (Jiří Kylián), Olga, Onegin (John Cranko), Out of Breath (Johan Inger), Requiem (Kenneth MacMillan), among many others.


She has created roles in A Dialog (Roman Novitzky), Aurora’s Nap (Johan Inger), and Einssein (Mauro Bigonzetti), In Esisto (Vittoria Girelli): Solo, Leisure (Fabio Adorisio), Nachtmerrie (Marco Goecke), Reflection/s (Roman Novitzky): Solo, Was bleibet (Alessandro Giaquinto).


Her awards include Prix de Lausanne 2019 gold medal, the Contemporary Dance Prize and the Audience Favourite Prize. She also won The Erik Bruhn Prize 2023.

Martí Fernández Paixà

Spanish dancer Martí Fernández Paixà is a Principal with Stuttgart Ballet.

He joined the company as an apprentice in 2014/15, and one season later he was taken into the Corps de ballet. In 2016, he was promoted to Demi Soloist, Soloist in 2017 and became Principal at the beginning of the 2021/22 season.

Martí’s repertory includes Romeo, Paris and Benvolio, Romeo & Juliet (Cranko); the title role in Demis Volpi’s Krabat; Prince Desiré, Ali Baba and the Prince of the South, The Sleeping Beauty (Marcia Haydée); Onegin and Lensky in Onegin (Cranko); Allan Gray, A Streetcar named Desire (Neumeier); Colas, La Fille mal Gardée (Ashton); Man in Blue and Man in Purple, Dances at a Gathering (Robbins); Couple in White, ForgottenLand (Kylián); Apollo in Demis Volpi’s Death in Venice; Spring Waters (Asaf Messerer); Le Jeune Homme et La Mort (Petit); Boléro (Béjart). He has also performed leading roles in works by Kenneth MacMillan, Jiří Kylián, Hans van Manen, Edward Clug and Marco Goecke. 

Created roles include the title role in Demis Volpi’s The Soldier’s Tale and the Young Syrian in his Salome and Ascaresa (Alessandro Giaquinto), Cassiopeia’s Garden (Christian Spuck), Naiad (Douglas Lee), Neurons (Katarzyna Kozielska), Patterns in ¾ (Edward Clug), Petals (Louis Stiens), PS (Katarzyna Kozielska), Reflection/s (Roman Novitzky): Solo, Take Your Pleasure Seriously (Katarzyna Kozielska).

Singapore Ballet

Singapore Ballet was founded as Singapore Dance Theatre in 1988 by Goh Soo Khim and Anthony Then. In 2002, the company graced the official opening of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay with the opening performance of Boi Sakti’s Reminiscing the Moon. Singapore Ballet continues to have the privilege of performing in a world-class performing arts venue, exhilarating audiences with a myriad of repertoires. As Singapore’ premier ballet company comprising of 38 company dancers plus apprentices, the company performs six seasons annually with three full ballet performances at the stage of Esplanade Theatre. The highlights of the Company’s annual performance season include the widely-popular Ballet Under the Stars at Fort Canning Park and Masterpiece in Motion, as well as Passages Contemporary Season. The company also presents Made in Singapore through the choreographic workshop, where budding choreographers build on developing choreographic language through a sense of exploration. 

The company’s repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary ballet, from renowned choreographers like Choo-San Goh, George Balanchine, Kinsun Chan, Val Caniparoli, Ma Cong, Edmund Stripe, Natalie Weir, Edwaard Liang, Nils Christe, Toru Shimazaki, Christina Chan, Timothy Harbour, François Klaus, Timothy Rushton, Pam Tanowitz and Loughlan Prior. In 2008, Janek Schergen was appointed Artistic Director. Under his leadership, the company has made new achievements in the international and Singapore dance arena, including 43 world premieres, 22 company premieres, and numerous revivals of the company’s existing repertoire. Singapore Ballet has captivated audiences in Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Mexico, China, Australia, France, United States, London, Laos, and Switzerland.

Singapore Ballet tours to Malaysia and Penang annually and has seen a growth in its dedicated support to the company. Through the invitation of Sadlers Wells, the Company has also performed at London’s Singapore season at the Peacock Theatre. Seen to be a little Asiatic gem, “the Company’s strength lies in a seamless transition between strong classical technique and contemporary movement,” as described by Graham Watts of Ballet. Co magazine.

Hamilton Christou Productions

This gala is produced by Hamilton Christou Productions, founded by internationally acclaimed and celebrated British ballerina Melissa Hamilton of The Royal Ballet, London, and her husband Michael Christou, a renowned property developer and businessman. The company’s mission is to create an inclusive global community of like-minded dance enthusiasts, showcasing the best of ballet through live performances.

Date & Time

23 Mar 2024, Sat


Esplanade Theatre

24 Mar 2024, Sun


Esplanade Theatre
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