Question of the day: “Wasn’t someone, somewhere, working on an opera based on Kafka’s Metamorphosis?”
Creeped out as I was by the original story, I figure I could take maybe two minutes of such a production. Fortunately, that’s as long as this excerpt lasts:
Then again, this is properly a ballet, by Arthur Pita; it was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production in 2012, and Edward Watson (as Samsa) won an individual Olivier.
In 1969, Steven Berkoff adapted Kafka’s short story for the stage; Berkoff’s work became the libretto for Brian Howard’s opera Metamorphosis (1983).