Choreographer Kenneth MacMillan brings nineteenth-century Europe to life with this dark and dangerous ballet. Based on the true story of Crown Prince Rudolf and his tragic love affair, "Mayerling" is a classic of the Royal Ballet repertory, with its emotional depth, haunting imagery, music by Franz Liszt and one of the most demanding roles ever created for a male dancer.
The cast on this production includes Crown Prince Rudolf danced by Principal Dancer Steven McRae, Mary Vetsera (Sarah Lamb), Countess Marie Larisch (Laura Morera), Colonel Middelton (Nehemiah Kish), Empress Elisabeth (Kristen McNally) Emperor Franz Joseph (Gary Avis), Princess Stephanie (Meaghan Grace Hinkis), Mitzi Casper (Mayara Magri) and Bratfisch (James Hay). The large cast allows for impressive ensembles in addition to the ballet’s many solos of distinctive character and pas de deux of disturbing eroticism.
The Royal Opera House cinema broadcasts offer audiences the best seat in the house with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, interviews and incredibly detailed close-ups of performers.
This production contains scenes of an adult nature and may not be suitable for young audience members. Runtime: approximately 3 hours 15 minutes, including an onscreen introduction and two intermissions.