The Trial

Philip Glass

An Opera in two acts by Philip Glass

Libretto by Christopher Hampton

Based on the book by Franz Kafka


A co-commission and co-production by Music Theatre Wales, Royal Opera London, Theater Magdeburg and Scottish Opera


Performance rights: Dunvagen Music Publishers, New York


World première 10th October 2014, Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House, London

Magdeburg première 2nd April 2015, Schauspielhaus


Duration 2 ¼ hours including one interval after act 1



Conductor Hermann Dukek

Director Michael McCarthy

Designer Simon Banham

Lighting Designer Ace McCarron


Repetiteurs Hermann Dukek, Annette Mauer, Jovan Mitic

Assistant Director Sebastian Gruner

Assistant Designer Henrike K. Fischer

Stage Manager R. Paul Knäpper



Josef K. Johnny Herford

Fräulein Bürstner/Leni Julie Martin du Theil

Frau Grubach/Washerwoman Rowan Hellier

Student/Flogger/Titorelli Michael J. Scott

Franz/Block Markus Liske

Magistrate/Assistant/Lawyer Huld Roland Fenes

Willem/Usher/Priest Thomas Florio

Inspector/Uncle Albert Paul Sketris


Magdeburgische Philharmonie