Mayerling - Ballet - Season 22/23 Programming - Opéra national de Paris

  • Ballet


    Kenneth MacMillan

    Palais Garnier - from 22 October to 12 November 2022

    Antoni Taulé / Galerie XII 

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Palais Garnier - from 22 October to 12 November 2022


Ballet Kenneth MacMillan

Palais Garnier - from 22 October to 12 November 2022

2h40 with 2 intervals

  • Pre‑opening for the young : 22 Oct. 2022

    Opening night : 25 Oct. 2022


In few words:

First performed in 1978 by the Royal Ballet in London, Mayerling, along with L’Histoire de Manon, is Kenneth MacMillan’s most famous ballet. For this vast, three‑act fresco, the British choreographer drew inspiration from an historic event: the suicide of the archduke Rodolphe, heir to the Austrian throne, in the company of his mistress, the baroness Marie Vetsera, in a hunting lodge in Mayerling, near Vienna, in 1889. What could have driven the son of the emperor Franz‑Joseph I and Sissi to such an act? Kenneth MacMillan unpicks the social, political and personal pressures at work, alternating between the grandiose and the intimate. Underpinned by the romantic music of Franz Liszt, his highly virtuoso choreography, providing some of the most demanding male roles in the repertoire, portrays in masterly fashion the emotions of characters ill‑used by history.


Rudolf: Heir to the Austrian crown
Mary Vetsera: Daughter of Baroness Helena Vetsera, Rudolf’s lover
Mary Larisch: Countess, Rudolf’s former lover and chaperone of Mary Vetsera
Stephanie: Princess, Rudolf’s wife

Franz Josef:  Emperor of Austria, Rudolf’s father   
Elisabeth:  Empress of Austria, Rudolf’s mother
Mitzi Caspar:  Rudolf’s mistress
Bratfisch: Rudolf’s coachman and friend
Bay Middleton: Colonel, Empress’s lover

  • Opening
  • First part 40 mn
  • Intermission 20 mn
  • Second part 50 mn
  • Intermission 20 mn
  • Third part 30 mn
  • End

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About the work

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  • The costumes are numerous, extremely elaborate, with a rare distinction and impeccable finishes.

    Alain Attyasse / ResMusica

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