I’d never come across Brian Howard’s opera Metamorphosisbefore I was asked to direct it. I know the Kafka story very well and I was very much aware of Steven Berkoff’s play adaptation, but I didn’t know that he had written the libretto for the opera. It was a complete surprise for me that it existed.

When I was first given the score it looked impenetrable, but thankfully there’s an old archival recording so I’ve been able...

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