Celebrated Dancer Hirano Debuts July 5 at Music Center

Ryoichi Hirano as Espada in The Royal Ballet’s 2013 production of “Don Quixote.” (Royal Opera House Covent Garden)

Ryoichi Hirano, a principal dancer with Great Britain’s Royal Ballet Covent Garden, will make his Music Center debut July 5 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

Hirano will perform the lead role of Prince Rudolf in the Royal’s pre­sentation of their masterpiece ballet, “Mayerling.”

After a 24-year absence from Los Angeles, the Royal Ballet re­turns to The Music Center for two back-to-back-weekends this July at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. From July 5–7, the Royal performs “Mayerling,” a three-act work de­picting scandal and murder in the 19th-century Austro-Hungarian Empire.

“Although classical in nature with period costumes and romantic music, the Royal Ballet’s ‘Mayerling’ seemingly rips its storyline from today’s headlines instead of the 19th century, making its exploration of the human condition relevant to our times,” said Rachel Moore, presi­dent and CEO of The Music Center. “Thrilling and theatrical, this ballet’s dark and tortured dangerous liaisons make for an intense and spellbinding performan