Constantin Trinks

Constantin Trinks’ 20/21 season ended with his acclaimed debut for Royal Opera House Covent Garden, conducting Kasper Holten’s production of Don Giovanni with Erwin Schrott, Gerald Finley and Adela Zaharia. Future highlights include L’amour de loin and Rusalka for Oper Köln, The Turn of the Screw for Staatsoper Hannover, and Tristan und Isolde for Teatro di San Carlo Napoli. Additionally, he is conducting a Wagner Gala concert for Kungliga Operan/Royal Swedish Opera and concert performances of Strauss’ Arabella for Norwegian National Opera.

Recent highlights have included Tristan und Isolde for Staatsoper Hannover, a streamed version of Andrea Breth’s production of The Fiery Angel for Theater an der Wien, Die Walküre for Royal Swedish Opera/Kungliga Operan, La Juive for Staatsoper Hannover and La bohème with Oper Köln. He also returned to Bayerische Staatsoper for Les contes d’Hoffmann, where he has previously conducted Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Così fan tutte, and Arabella, the latter of which featured Anja Harteros with performances at the Münchner Opernfestspiele and Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris.

Further back, highlights include Seattle Opera (The Turn of the Screw), Teatro dell’Opera di Roma (Die lustige Witwe), Theater an der Wien (Euryanthe), 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) and Opéra National de Paris (Die Zauberflöte).

Acknowledged as a major Wagner conductor, Constantin 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. In 2019/20, he conducted Lohengrin for Prague National Theatre.

On the orchestral platform, Constantin Trinks has appeared with Dresden Philharmonic, Vancouver Symphony, Salzburg Mozarteum at the Grosses Festspielhaus in Salzburg, and the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris. He made his debut in 2016/17 with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and, following an acclaimed debut with the Munich Philharmonic in 2015/16, he conducted their New Year Beethoven 9 concerts in December 2016.
His discography includes a live recording of Hans Rott’s Symphony No. 1 with the Mozarteum Orchester (which received an ECHO Classic in October 2017 for Profil Edition Hänssler), with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin Pfitzner’s Piano Concerto Op. 31 (with pianist Markus Becker) and Braunfels’ Tag- und Nachtstücke on Hyperion. Last season he recorded the Beethoven piano concertos with pianist Michael Korstick and ORF Vienna, as well as Wilhelm Petersen’s Symphony No. 3 with the Hessischer Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra in Frankfurt.

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. 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.