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Photo: Oldrich Pernica
Prague State Opera, 1994, Director: Karel Drgac

Einem, Gottfried von

Der Prozeß (1950-52)

(The Trial)
Duration: 120 minutes
Opera in nine scenes (two parts)

Libretto by Boris Blacher and Heinz von Cramer after the novel by Franz Kafka (G)

Scoring
S,M,4T,2Bar,small roles; 3(II,III=picc).2.2.2-4.3.3.1-timp.perc(2)-pft-strings.
Abbreviations (PDF).


Territory
This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.



World Premiere
8/17/1953
Salzburg
Oscar Fritz Schuh, director
Conductor: Karl Böhm
Company: Salzburger Festspiele

Roles

JOSEF K. Tenor
FRANZBass
WILLEMBaritone
THE GUARDBaritone
MRS. GRUBACH Soprano
FRÄULEIN BÜRSTNERSoprano
A PASSER-BYBaritone
A YOUTHTenor
THE EXAMINING MAGISTRATEBaritone
THE WIFE OF THE COURT USHERSoprano
THE COURT USHERBass
THE STUDENTTenor
THE BRAWLERBass
ALBERT K. Bass
LENISoprano
THE INDUSTRIALISTBaritone
THREE GENTLEMEN2 Tenors, Baritone
THE DEPUTY-DIRECTORTenor
an others
Some of the roles are dual roles; the soprano parts can be sung by one soprano


Time and Place
1919


Synopsis

The Trial recounts the story of the hero of Kafka's novel, Josef K., who is arrested one morning for reasons unknown. Until his trial, he is still allowed to go to work at first but he feels constantly followed and under surveillance. He is afraid and turns to others for help, for example, his neighbour in the next room, Fräulein Bürstner. Even when it emerges during the proceedings that there has been a mix-up, the trial is merely adjourned and a resumption of proceedings announced. Further visits to influential persons, who might allegedly be able to help him, are all failures. He meets a priest in the cathedral, who tells him that things don't look good for him. He has tried too often to obtain help from others, particularly from women. As the priest fades into the darkness, two hangmen appear, who lead Josef K. away to his execution.


Moods
Dramatic, Tragic


Subjects
Relationships, Society, Literary


Recommended Recording
Max Lorenz/Peter Klein/Vienna State Opera Chorus/Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Karl Böhm
Orfeo d'or C393952I
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