Mayerling is one of those ballets that fascinates for one viewing only.
I find 'Mayerling' boring and also hate it.
Me too, and I'm usually a huge fan of MacMillan's ballets - his Romeo and Juliet, and Manon usually have me in tears by the end.
I think that Mayerling is trying to tell too convoluted a story, with too many people having too many affairs, and what is it with the opera singer in the middle?
As I watched it I was almost transfixed by the decisions made by the choreographer and stagers -- wondering why? how? why emphasize that? why is this part so long? why is this part being neglected? Thinking: is this sleaze, or an accurate depiction of late 19th-century Middle European decadance? What are we being encouraged to FEEL about these characters and their situations?
When it was over, I realized I had no wish to see it again, not even with alternate casts. And I've stuck to that so far.
as Mme. Armfeldt sings in A Little Night Music:
Once, yes, once for a lark.
Twice, though, loses the spark.