Since 2018, Singapore Dance Theatre (SDT) and Metropolitan Festival Orchestra (MFO) have been in a strategic partnership to jointly perform iconic full-length classical works as part of SDT’s annual seasons.

Over the past three decades as Singapore’s premier dance company, SDT has garnered international acclaim for the high quality and versatility of its performances, serving as a leading ambassador for dance and for Singapore. It is now poised to breakthrough to the next stage of its growth by progressively incorporating a fully-professional orchestra into its future full-length classical productions, fitting in the missing piece of the puzzle that will allow the SDT to take its place among the world’s top dance companies.

As Singapore’s first and only fully-independent professional symphony orchestra, the MFO was founded to be a platform to showcase the growing pool of professional orchestral musicians in Singapore, mobilising them in innovative and sustainable ways that open up new performance opportunities across a range of both traditional and non-traditional genres and formats. Despite its short five-year history, it has had a deep impact on the Singapore music scene. Not only has it reached unprecedented numbers of new audiences and led the way for other local music organisations to follow, it has also emulated SDT in receiving international acclaim for the high quality and versatility of its performances.

This highly-anticipated partnership will allow both companies to open up new artistic frontiers that were not previously possible for them as individual companies, and first bore fruit in December 2018, as SDT and the MFO jointly perform the perennial classic Sleeping Beauty at the Esplanade Theatre.

For 2019, SDT and MFO will be joining hands for Don Quixote (7 – 10 March 2019) and Swan Lake (5 – 8 December 2019).

However, the public’s support will be crucial to sustaining this ground-breaking endeavour.

To cement this partnership, a new dedicated fund has been created. Donations received into this fund will be used exclusively to defray the costs of this endeavour, and donors will also receive a 250% tax deduction on their donation, as well as see their support multiplied through matching funds provided by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth’s Cultural Matching Fund.

As such, no donation is too small, and we hope to enlist your participation and support to contribute towards the fund, as well as to spread the word among other existing and potential supporters about this most exciting development in the Singapore arts scene.

Please refer below for the list of other benefits that will be offered to all donors to the fund:

Donation Tiers Ticket Entitlement
$10,000 and above 30 tickets
$5,000 – $9,999 16 tickets
$2,500 – $4,999 10 tickets
$1,000 – $2,499 4 tickets
$500 – $999 2 tickets
  • An in-house discount of 25% for all tickets to SDT events
  • Invitation to a cocktail reception on the opening night of SDT-MFO joint theatre performances
  • Privilege to make advanced booking and reservation of preferred seats for all SDT performances (except free-seating performances)
  • Acknowledgement of donors for the Orchestra Fund in the programme booklets of sponsored performances
  • 250% tax deduction
  • Complimentary Tickets (valid for 18 months)
  • Invite to SDT Donors Appreciation Night

To donate and for more information, please contact:

Paul Ang, Company Manager; email:

Larissa D’cruz, Senior Executive (Media & Public Relations); email:


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