Sir Kenneth MacMillan / Franz Liszt / John Lanchbery


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 trying challenges in the ballet literature, 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. 

General cast

Domonkos Héja
Rudolf trónörökös
Zoltán Oláh / Igor Tsvirko / Gergely Leblanc
Vetsera Mária
Lili Felméry / Aliya Tanykpayeva / Tatiana Melnik
Larisch grófnő
Cristina Balaban / Lea Földi / Karina Sarkissova
Erzsébet császárné
Kseniia Kulikova / Ágnes Kelemen / Aleszja Popova
Stefánia hercegnő
Ildikó Boros / Anna Krupp / Yuliya Golovyna
Kasper Mici
Kristina Starostina / Diana Kosyreva / Jessica Carulla Leon
Balázs Majoros / Miklós Dávid Kerényi / András Rónai


Sir Kenneth MacMillan
Gillian Freeman
Music compiled from the works of Ferenc Liszt and arranged by
John Lanchbery
Set and costume designer
Nicholas Georgiadis
Lighting designer
John B. Read
Company répétiteurs
Marianna Venekei / György Szirb / Ildikó Pongor / Angéla Kövessy / Imre Dózsa / Mária Aradi

April 24, 2004