Mayerling

Ballet by Kenneth MacMillan

Mayerling

Ballet by Kenneth MacMillan
https://www.stuttgarter-ballett.de/ Stuttgarter Ballett Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Premiere
Mayerling
Sat 18. May
Opernhaus
https://www.stuttgarter-ballett.de/ Stuttgarter Ballett Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Mayerling
Fri 24. May
Opernhaus
https://www.stuttgarter-ballett.de/ Stuttgarter Ballett Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Mayerling
Sat 25. May
Opernhaus
https://www.stuttgarter-ballett.de/ Stuttgarter Ballett Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Mayerling
Tue 28. May
Opernhaus
https://www.stuttgarter-ballett.de/ Stuttgarter Ballett Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Mayerling
Sat 1. June
Opernhaus
https://www.stuttgarter-ballett.de/ Stuttgarter Ballett Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Mayerling
Sat 8. June
Opernhaus
https://www.stuttgarter-ballett.de/ Stuttgarter Ballett Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Mayerling
Sun 9. June / aft
Opernhaus
https://www.stuttgarter-ballett.de/ Stuttgarter Ballett Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Mayerling
Sun 9. June / eve
Opernhaus
https://www.stuttgarter-ballett.de/ Stuttgarter Ballett Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Mayerling
Sun 28. July
Opernhaus
Further dates
Mayerling
Choreography
Kenneth MacMillan
Music
Franz Liszt
Arranged and orchestrated
John Lanchberry
Libretto
Gillian Freeman
Sets and Costumes
Jürgen Rose
Lighting
Reinhard Traub
World Premiere
4. Februar 1978, Royal Ballet
Conductor
James Tuggle
Staatsorchester Stuttgart
Company Premiere
18. Mai 2019
On May 18th, 2019, the curtain will rise on a spectacular new production of Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling. MacMillan had a close association with the Stuttgart Ballet in his lifetime, creating world famous works such as Song of the Earth and Requiem for the company. And yet, the company has never had a full-length work by MacMillan in its repertory. Tamas Detrich has therefore chosen one of the Scottish choreographer’s most powerful and dramatic works: Mayerling, a ballet in three acts chronicling the last anguished days in the life of Crown Prince Rudolph, heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire. On January 30th, 1889, Rudolph, the only male descendant of the 600 year old Hapsburg dynasty, tragically took not only his own life, but also that of his 17-year old mistress Mary Vetsera, thus sealing the fate of an entire empire.

Detrich has commissioned the legendary set and costume designer Juergen Rose to create what promises to be the largest and most sumptuous production ever created in Stuttgart. Rose, who has worked world-wide in the fields of opera, theater and dance, is the creator of the sets and costumes for – among others – John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet, Onegin and Swan Lake; John Neumeier’s The Lady of the Camellias and Marcia Haydée’s The Sleeping Beauty. Known for his obsession with detail, fine fabrics and period furniture to grace his sets, Rose has tackled this new challenge with a verve and energy which belie his 80 years. In close collaboration with Deborah, Lady MacMillan and Tamas Detrich, Rose’s sets and costumes bring the Viennese imperial court to splendid life, providing the perfect frame for MacMillan’s gripping masterpiece.
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Synopsis

Prologue
The cemetery at Heiligenkreuz before dawn
I. Act
1. Scene
The ballroom at the Hofburg (Imperal Place), Vienna
At the ball to celebrate his wedding to Princess Stephanie of Belgium, Crown Prince Rudolf offends his parents and bride by flirting openly with Princess Louise. Left alone, Rudolf meets Countess Larisch and Baroness Vetsera, who introduces her young daughter, Mary. They are interrupted by four Hungarian officers, friends of Rudolf, who forcefully plead the separatist cause of their country. Countess Larisch returns and tries to revive the intimacy of her past relationship with Rudolf. The Emperor discovers them and angrily orders Rudolf to return to his wife.

2. Scene
The Empress's apartments at the Hofburg
Empress Elisabeth has retired from the ball and is enjoying the company of her ladies-in-waiting. Rudolf visits her before going to his bride. He is unhappy at his enforced marriage and attempts to engage the Empress's sympathy. 

3. Scene
Rudolf's apartments at the Hofburg
Stephanie is prepared for the wedding night. Rudolf finds her alone and, before making love to her, terrifies her with a revolver.
II. Act
1. Scene
A notorious tavern
Accompanied by Bratfisch, Rudolf and Stephanie arrive at the tavern in disguise. Seeing that Stephanie is unhappy, Bratfisch does his best to amuse her. The whores are resentful and try to recapture the attention of their clients; Stephanie leaves in disgust. Rudolf devotes his attention to his mistress, Mizzi Caspar, and to his Hungarian friends. There is a police raid, during which Rudolf, Mizzi and the Hungarian officers hide. Arrests are made and the police leave. In a mood of despair brought about by the constant surveillance, Rudolf suggests to Mizzi that they should commit suicide together. Count Taaffe enters, having been informed that Rudolf is in the tavern. Rudolf again conceals himself, but Mizzi indicates his presence to the Count, with whom she departs.

2. Scene
Outside the tavern
As Rudolf leaves his friends, Countess Larisch, aware of his identity, contrives to present Mary Vetsera, whom she is ostensibly chaperoning. 

3. Scene
The Vetsera house
Countess Larisch calls on her friend, Baroness Vetsera, and finds Mary absorbed by a portrait of Rudolf. She takes a pack of cards and tells Mary's fortune, assuring her that her romantic dreams will come true. Mary gives her a letter for Rudolf.

4. Scene
The Hofburg
During Franz Joseph's birthday celebration Count Taaffe confronts Rudolf with a political pamphlet. At the same time "Bay" Middleton offers the Prime Minister a joke cigar, greatly amusing Rudolf. Elisabeth presents the Emperor with a portrait of his "friend", Katherina Schratt. A firework display diverts everyone except Elisabeth and "Bay". Rudolf observes their amorous exchange and is bitterly resentful. The resumption of the firework gives Countess Larisch the opportunity to tease Rudolf with Mary's letter.

5. Scene
Rudolf's apartment at the Hofburg
Mary and Rudolf meet in secret for the first time.
III. Act
1. Scene
Countryside: a royal shoot
The pleasant day is shattered when Rudolf unaccountably fires wildly, killing a member of the court and narrowly missing the Emperor.

2. Scene
Rudolf`s apartment at the Hofburg
The Empress discovers Countess Larisch with Rudolf and dismisses her, unaware that Mary is waiting outside. Mary joins Rudolf, who asks her to die with him.

3. Scene
The hunting lodge at Mayerling
Rudolf, drinking with Count Hoyos and Prince Philipp, indicates that he is unwell and they leave. Bratfisch arrives with Mary, and Rudolf commands him to entertain them. Bratfisch realizes he has lost their attention and withdraws. Calming his nerves with an injection of morphine, he embraces her once more then shoots her. Loschek, Hoyos and Philipp, disturbed by the shot, are reassured by Rudolf who, left alone, shoots himself.
Epilogue
The cemetery at Heiligenkreuz before dawn

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