Melissa Hamilton and Roberto Bolle in the duet from Caravaggio, music by Bruno Moretti based on Claudio Monteverdi, choreography by Mauro Bigonzetti. Ballet Star Gala, Mikhailovsky Theatre. Shot on 10.2.2018.
Melissa Hamilton is a First Soloist with The Royal Ballet (London, UK). She has born in Northern Ireland, Belfast. She began dancing aged four and trained at the Jennifer Bullick School of Ballet. During a summer school in Aberdeen aged 13 she decided to pursue ballet professionally. Aged 16 she trained at the Elmhurst School of Dance, Birmingham, for a year and then privately with Masha Mukhamedov in Athens. She won the 2007 Youth American Grand Prix and that year entered The Royal Ballet. She joined the Company in 2007 as an Artist and was promoted to First Artist in 2009, Soloist in 2010 and First Soloist in 2013.
Roberto Bolle is currently a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre (ABT) and a principal dancer étoile at La Scala Theatre Ballet. He was born 1975 in Casale Monferrato in the Piedmont Region of Italy. He began ballet studies at age seven at a local school, and was accepted at the La Scala theatre ballet school in Milan at the age of eleven.In 1996, twenty year old Bolle was promoted to principal dancer at La Scala. He left that position when he was 21 to pursue a freelance career. During the 2003-2004 season, he was promoted to etoile of La Scala Theatre. He and also holds guest artist status with The Royal Ballet and La Scala Theatre Ballet, making regular appearances with both companies.
Photo by Jack Devant ballet photography © with kind permission of the Mikhailovsky Theatre.