Sebastian Baumgarten

Martin Zimmermann


Credits Tour

Opera in two parts by Roman Haubenstock-Ramati (1919-1994) after the novel of the same name by Franz Kafka. Libretto by Roman Haubenstock-Ramati.

Franz Kafka’s novel fragment Amerika, written at the beginning of the 20th century, anticipated the great crisis of modernity. Left unfinished, it tells of Karl Rossman’s nightmarish journey through life to the America of great promises of happiness, but which soon turns out to be a land of absurd constraints and impossibilities. As if by chance, Karl encounters seemingly helpful relatives, aggressive women, sneaky criminals, and authoritarian leaders. He falls deeper and deeper into a cycle of hope, dependence, exploitation, and repudiation. Karl is Der Verschollene, or the lost one, as Kafka originally titled his work.


Duration: 1h45
Genre: Opera

Musical direction: Gabriel Feltz
Director: Sebastian Baumgarten
Design: Christina Schmitt
Choreography: Martin Zimmermann
Lighting design: Elfried Roller
Dramaturgy: Claus Spahn
Actors: Allison Cook, Paul Curievici, Ruben Drole, Mojca Erdmann, Irène Friedli, Benjamin Mathis, Robert Pomakov, Ildo Song, Sebastian Zuber
Winston Ricardo Arnon, Yvonne Barthel, Natalie Bury, Steven Forster, Evelyn Angela Gugolz, Romain Guion, Tarek Halaby, Dimitri Jourde, Juliette Rahon, Anna Virkkunen, Methinee Wongtrakoon

Estimated duration: 1h45
Genre: Opera


  • Zürich CH Opernhaus Zürich


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