Alexander, the Great!


Sydney Eisteddfod arrived at Sydney Opera House in 2010 to witness 2002 McDonald's Ballet Scholarship winner Alexander Campbell dancing the role of Franz in The Australian Ballet's production of Coppelia. As a first soloist with the Birmingham Royal Ballet, Alexander performed in Sydney as part of an exchange between the two companies. His dancing was magnificent and highly impressive with clean jumps, spectacular turns and fine footwork. On top of that, it was thrilling to see other Sydney Eisteddfod former champions star alongside Alexander, including Gina Brescianini as Swanhilda, Matthew Donnelly as Dr Coppelius, Juliet Burnett as Prayer, Ben Stuart-Carberry as the priest and Jack Hersee as the seigneur. Kismet Bourne, Natalie Fincher (nee Hill), Halaina Hills, Natasha Kusan and Stephanie Williams shone in their roles as Swanhilda's friends. Serena Green, winner of the second McDonald's Ballet Scholarship in 2009, appeared as the seigneur's lady, whilst Airu Matsuda, winner of the Junior Boys Dance Championship, featured among the juvenile extras. It was a memorable (and proudly nostalgic) night that indeed left many Sydney Eisteddfod hearts very much swollen!