SAF 2005 - The Royal Ballet


Singapore Arts Festival 2005

~ The Season of Brilliance ~

26 May – 26 June




The Royal Ballet (United Kingdom)

Swan Lake


Accompanied by the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra (China)


 Date :  24 – 26 June 2005 
 Time   8pm; Matinee on 25 June, 3pm 
 Venue :  Esplanade Theatre
 Tickets : $152, $122, $102, $82, $62, $42, $21;
 Matinee : 142, $112, $92, $72, $52, $32, $16
 Duration : 165 minutes (with two intermissions)


Due to overwhelming demand, limited tickets for box seats and seats with restricted view are now available for the evening performances.  Discounts are not applicable for these seats.  Tickets are available from SISTIC.


Sponsored by OCBC Bank and Press Foundation of Singapore


Supported by P & O Nedlloyd


“You will never, ever see dancing of greater calibre”
– The Independent, UK


The most prestigious ballet company from the United Kingdom, The Royal Ballet, makes its eagerly anticipated debut in Singapore.  Helmed by director Monica Mason, the 90-strong company will present the well-loved, timeless classic Swan Lake, captivating audiences here with their stunning virtuosity and artistry of craft.


Based on Tchaikovsky’s most enduring score, this version of Swan Lake was choreographed by the legendary Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov in 1895 to commemorate the passing of the composer himself two years earlier.  Since then, it has become the most widely performed version.  With Yolanda Sonnabend’s lavish set and costume designs inspired by the Fabergé world of Imperial Russia, the magical mood is set for this famous tale of frustrated love between Prince Siegfried and the Swan Queen Odette.  Some of ballet’s rising superstars will perform the main characters on the different shows.


Tchaikovsky’s musical masterpiece will be brought alive in this ballet extravaganza by one of the leading orchestras in China – the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra. The Orchestra has collaborated with contemporary virtuosos such as Pavarotti, Parman, Yo-Yo Ma, Tan Dun, and Lang Lang, as well as eminent ballet companies such as the Opemhaus Ballet, Mariinsky Theatre Ballet, Australian National Ballet and Royal Ballet of Flanders.


The Royal Ballet, accompanied by the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, promises to set the stage alight with its spellbinding performance of this celebrated classic.


Please refer to the attached annexes for more information:



  • Synopsis of Swan Lake .
  • Profiles of Director, Monica Mason and The Royal Ballet
  • Profile of the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra