Constantin Trinks 2019/20 season opens with Lydia Steier’s new production of La Juive for Staatsoper Hannover. This season sees him return to Bayerische Staatsoper for Les contes d’Hoffmann and Così fan Tutte, following hugely successful performances of both Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Arabella in 2018/19 featuring Anja Harteros, which was first performed at the Münchner Opernfestspiele in June 2018, in Paris in January 2019 and finally in Munich. He will also conduct La bohème for Oper Köln, return to Theater an der Wien for Andrea Breth’s Prokofiev The Fiery Angel, and conduct Pique Dame in Sofia, Salome at the New National Theatre in Tokyo, and make his debut at Royal Swedish Opera/Kungliga Operan with Die Walküre. Further ahead he will make debuts with Glyndebourne and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Last season, he conducted productions of The Turn of the Screw for Seattle Opera, Die Lustige Witwe for Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, and Euryanthe for Theater an der Wien.
Highights of previous seasons have included Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden (Der Fliegende Holländer), New National Theatre Tokyo (Le nozze di Figaro), Opernhaus Zürich (The Turn of the Screw), Opéra du Rhin Strasbourg (Salome), Opéra National de Paris (Die Zauberflöte), Wiener Staatsoper, Oper Frankfurt and Staatsoper Hamburg. Acknowledged as a major Wagner conductor, Trinks celebrated the Wagner Bicentenary conducting Der fliegende Holländer in Dresden (in Spring 2013 – premiered there 170 years before), Tannhäuser in Tokyo, Strasbourg, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Frankfurt, as well as Wagner's early opera Das Liebesverbot at the Bayreuth Festival and for Opéra du Rhin in Strasbourg.
Similarly active on the orchestral platform, he appears this season with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Vancouver Symphony, Salzburg Mozarteum at the Grosses Festspielhaus in Salzburg and Dresden Philharmonic. Further ahead he makes his debut with Orchestre National de Belgique in Bozar.
He made his debut in 2016/17 with the Bayerische Rundfunk and, following an acclaimed debut with the Munich Philharmonic in 2015/16, he conducted their New Year Beethoven 9 concerts in December 2016.
His live recording of Hans Rott’s Symphony No. 1 with the Mozarteum Orchester received an ECHO Classic in October 2017 for Profil Edition Hänssler. On the same label, he has also recorded Weinberger’s Švanda dudák (Schwanda the Bagpiper) with Dresden Staatskapelle/Semperoper.
Trinks joined the Saarländisches Staatstheater in 2002 as Kapellmeister, ascending within a few years into the position of interim music director from 2006 to 2009. Whilst there he conducted Nono's Intolleranza 1960, La bohème, Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflöte, 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, thus demonstrating his interest in wide-ranging repertoire. Between 2009-2012, Trinks held the position of Music Director at the Staatstheater Darmstadt, where his productions included not only his first critically acclaimed Der Ring des Nibelungen, but also Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Parsifal, Fidelio, Aida and the world premiere of Orff's early work Gisei (available on DVD) in combination with De temporum fine comoedia.
Constantin Trinks, born in Karlsruhe, studied conducting at the Conservatory of his hometown with Wolf-Dieter Hauschild, and piano with Günter Reinhold.