Inspired by dark and gripping real life events, this Royal Ballet classic depicts the sexual and morbid obsessions of Crown Prince Rudolf leading to the murder-suicide scandal with his mistress Mary Vetsera.
The oppressive glamour of the Austro-Hungarian court in the 1880s sets the scene for a suspenseful drama of psychological and political intrigue as Rudolf fixates on his mortality.
Kenneth MacMillan’s 1978 ballet remains a masterpiece of storytelling and this revival marks 30 years since the choreographer’s death.
Expect to see The Royal Ballet at its dramatic finest across potent ensemble scenes and some of the most daring and emotionally demanding pas de deux in the ballet repertory.
Running time: 3 hours and 25 minutes (including two intervals)
Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan
Music: Franz LisztArrangement and orchestration: John Lanchbery
Designer: Nicholas Georgiadis
Scenario: Gillian Freeman
Lighting designer: John B. Read
Conducted by: Koen Kessels
Crown Prince Rudolf: Ryoichi Hirano
Baroness Mary Vetsera: Natalia Osipova
Countess Marie Larisch: Laura Morera
Empress Elizabeth : Christina Arestis
Princess Stephanie : Francesca Hayward
Mitzi Caspar : Marianela Nunez
Bratfisch : Luca Acri
Emperor Franz Josef : Christopher Saunders
Colonel Bay Middleton : Gary Avis
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House