Houston Ballet continues its 48th season with Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling, September 21 – October 1, 2017.
This three-act narrative ballet, set to John Lanchbery’s powerful arrangement of Franz Liszt compositions, is based on the historic 1889 incident involving the murder-suicide of the sole heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Crown Prince Rudolf, and his 17-year-old mistress, Baroness Mary Vetsera.
Sir MacMillan’s last full-length ballet boldly requires dancers to fully embody intense characters through dramatic acting and dancing.
Houston Ballet is pleased to be the first American company to perform this historic and lavish production about disastrous obsession and unrequited love. Previous ballets by Sir Kenneth MacMillan in Houston Ballet’s repertoire are Manon, Gloria, Song of the Earth, Solitaire, and Elite Syncopations.
Houston Ballet’s performances of Mayerling are sponsored by Wortham Foundation.
Music by Franz Liszt, arrangement by John Lanchbery; excerpts from Liszt compositions (Faust Symphony, Mephisto Waltz, Twelve Transcendental Studies, Soirée de Vienne, etc.)
Libretto by Gillian Freeman
Choreography by Sir Kenneth MacMillan
Scenic and Costume Design: Pablo Núñez, after Nicholas Georgiadis, approved by Lady Deborah MacMillan
Lighting Design: José Luis Fiorruccio, after John B. Read
Pictured: Ballet de Santiago Artists Luis Ortigoza as Crown Prince Rudolf and Katherine Rodriquez as Princess Stephanie in Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling. c. 2016, ph. Patricio Melo