Sir Kenneth MacMillan / Franz Liszt / John Lanchbery


ballet 18

March 26., Saturday 19:00

Opera House – Main stage

Ballet in three acts

Kenneth MacMillan's fourth full-length ballet relates the tragic story of the heir to the Austrian throne and his mistress. The choreographer's treatment of the 1889 double suicide of Crown Prince Rudolf and Mary Vetsera in light of the social, political and personal pressures that beset the two protagonists resulted in an extraordinarily shocking work, one widely considered to be his most outstanding. John Lanchbery selected the music for the ballet from the oeuvre of a Hungarian composer whose world renown led to his creating work for Empress Elisabeth. The role of Rudolf is one of the most challenging in the history of ballet, with the crown prince's psychological and emotional collapse depicted through two exceptionally intense pas de deux.
With Mayerling, MacMillan broke with 19th-century conventions and created a ballet that better matched the harsher realism of our time. 


Opera House – Main stage
March 26, 2022
Start time
7 p.m.
End time
10:10 p.m.
Sir Kenneth MacMillan
Franz Liszt
Music compiled from the works of Ferenc Liszt and arranged by
John Lanchbery
Gillian Freeman
Set and costume designer
Nicholas Georgiadis
Set supervisor
Cinzia Lo Fazio
Costume supervisor
Natalia Stewart
Lighting designer
Jacopo Pantani
Staging ballet master
Karl Burnett
Grant Coyle
Company répétiteurs
Albert Mirzoyan Ildikó Pongor Irina Prokofieva Tamás Solymosi Attila Szakács György Szirb Marianna Venekei


Premiere: April 24, 2004

Opera House – Main stage
Opera House – Main stage
Opera House – Main stage
Opera House – Main stage
Opera House – Main stage
Opera House – Main stage
Opera House – Main stage
Opera House – Main stage