Constantin Trinks


Constantin Trinks established himself internationally conducting a series of Strauss’ Rosenkavalier for the centenary celebrations of that opera in 2011 at Semperoper Dresden and Bayerische Staatsoper München, featuring Anja Harteros and Renée Fleming. He is one the youngest maestros having conducted the entire operatic work of Richard Wagner just before turning 40, including Das Liebesverbot in Bayreuth in 2013. Born in Karlsruhe, Trinks’ talent arose quickly with important positions at Saarländisches Staatstheater, where he conducted Nono's Intolleranza 1960, La Bohème, Don Giovanni, Das Rheingold, Lohengrin, Salome, Carmen, Don Carlo, La Traviata, Cavalleria rusticana, I pagliacci, Kullervo (Sallinen) and the European premiere of The First Emperor by Tan Dun. Deeply rooted in the German Kapellmeister tradition, Trinks was subsequently appointed Music Director at the Staatstheater Darmstadt, initiating a complete Der Ring des Nibelungen, acclaimed by the international press, and to be followed by Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Parsifal, Fidelio, Aida as well as the world premiere of Orff's early work Gisei (available on DVD) in combination with De temporum fine comoedia. Constantin Trinks is a regular guest at many of the major opera houses, such as Semperoper Dresden, Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Theater an der Wien, Vienna State Opera, Staatsoper Hamburg, Opéra national de Paris, New National Theatre Tokyo, Frankfurt Opera and Opernhaus Zürich. Much recognised was the rediscovery of Jaromír Weinberger's Schwanda, the Bagpiper (Švanda dudák), which Trinks brought out at the Semperoper Dresden in March 2012 (also published on CD by Profil Edition Hänssler). Trinks celebrated the Wagner Bicentenary 2013 conducting Der fliegende Holländer in Dresden (premiered there 150 years before), Tannhäuser in Tokyo, Strasbourg, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Frankfurt as well as Wagners youth opera Das Liebesverbot at the Bayreuth Festival. In the season 2015/2016 Constantin Trinks returned to conduct Così fan tutte and Arabella at Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, as well as Das Liebesverbot at the Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg. Palermo’s Teatro Massimo invited him to conduct Henze’s Gisela recently and the Zurich Opera welcomed him again for a new production of The Turn of the Screw. In Vienna he opened last season conducting Marschner’s Hans Heiling at Theater an der Wien, where he returns in 2017/2018 to present a new RING. But Constantin Trinks is as well a refined symphonist. In the past he conducted orchestras such as the hr-Sinfonieorchester, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic orchestra, Orchestre National de Bordeaux, RSO Wien and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. After a series of Hans Rott’s symphony No.1 in Salzburg, Trinks toured this symphony last fall with Deutsche Radiophilharmonie Saarbrücken in Germany and France. Being invited to the Barcelona Symphony, the Malaysia Philharmonic and Hongkong Philharmonic Constantin with works of Schumann and Mendelssohn, he gave his debut this fall with the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio. After an acclaimed debut with the Munich Philharmonic last summer – Schumann again - he returned there for Beethoven’s 9th symphony in December. After his acclaimed recording of Weinberger’s Švanda dudák (Staatskapelle Dresden) his recent recording of the symphony by Hans Rott – an important predecessor to Mahler – live from Salzburg, has received numerous prizes.

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