Mayerling, Royal Ballet, October 2022Posted on 8 October 2022
On 30 January 1889 Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria died in a suicide pact with Baroness Mary Vetsera at the Mayerling hunting lodge, some 15 miles outside Vienna. He was thirty years old. In the late 1970s Kenneth Macmillan created a ballet with a score by John Lanchbery dealing with the historical incidents leading up to this event, and the end of the Habsburg monarchy. See my review in The Article.