Constantin Trinks



Operatic highlights of Constantin Trinks’ 2020/21 season include Tristan und Isolde for Staatsoper Hannover, La Traviata for Oper Köln, The Fiery Angel for Theater an der Wien, and his debuts with Glyndebourne (Die Zauberflöte) and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (Don Giovanni).

Last season, Constantin Trinks made hugely successful debuts for Royal Swedish Opera/Kungliga Operan with Die Walküre, La Juive for Staatsoper Hannover and La bohème at Oper Köln.  He also returned to Bayerische Staatsoper for Les contes d’Hoffmann, where he has previously conducted Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Arabella, the latter of which featured Anja Harteros with performances at the Münchner Opernfestspiele and Théâtre des Champs Elysées as well as at its home theatre.

Other operatic highlights from Constantin Trinks’ recent seasons 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), Opéra National de Paris (Die Zauberflöte), Wiener Staatsoper, Oper Frankfurt, and Staatsoper Hamburg.

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“Best of all is the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and Arnold Schoenberg Chor under Constantin Trinks, a conductor who really gets the depth in Weber’s richly expressive score. Euryanthe relies on subtle shadings to bring out its colour, as well as punch and musical flare to prevent it seeming overlong, and Trinks is quite brilliant on all counts. The chorus, too, are very impressive, singing with focus and passion. First class all round.” [DVD Weber’s Euryanthe on NAXOS for Theater an der Wien ]

Limelight Magazine

Clive Paget

“Constantin Trinks and the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra capture all the depth and richness of orchestration that it such a large part of these two works.” [Recording of Walter Braunfels’ Tag- und Nachtstücke with Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin]

Music Web International

Rob Challinor

“… he makes the orchestra sound good. He pays careful attention to many details even in the loudest moments, animating individual groups to play louder or softer, and preempting elegant transitions with clear entries…This concert identifies Trinks as a conductor with whom the orchestra could cultivate its potential and even expand it.” [Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8 with Hannover Staatsoper; translated from German]

Hannoversche Allgemeine

Stefan Arndt

“…an ovation for the premiere performance in Hannover, one which made a musically powerful impression, as Constantin Trinks, with his wealth of Wagnerian experience, successfully led the Staatsorchester and magnificent chorus int this ambitious and spectacular achievement” [Halévy’s La Juive with Hannover Staatsoper; translated from German]

Joachim Mischke

Hamburger Abendblatt

“Conductor Constantin Trinks puts himself completely in the service of Weber’s score and proves a fine sense of their tectonics. As demanded by the composer, he uses his metronome details as suggestions, but does not subordinate his conducting to them slavishly. Rather, he responds with sensitivity to the vocal condition of the actors and proves to be an exemplary singer companion… Under his direction the delicate recitatives have an immediacy, as if they were spoken dialogues in musical exaggeration. His often minimal tempo gradations are extremely flexible, but never arbitrary; He creates a truly eloquent orchestral part down to the smallest musical gestures. He succeeds in creating an absolutely enthralling (and exhilarating) dramatic vivacity of the score.” [Translated from German]

Frank Ziegler


“Conductor Constantin Trinks, now known throughout the world as an accomplished Wagner and Strauss specialist, brought plenty of experience to The Tales of Hoffmann. At the Bayerische Staatsoper he has recently directed several productions to great success… Trinks presented a thoroughly exciting, focused interpretation… with consistently pleasing tempos and cleverly elaborated musical effects… it was fantastic. ” [Translated from German]

J M Wienecke

Das Opernglas

“Marcus Becker proves an eloquent, visceral master of the notes, making for a thrilling premier recording. And in Constantin Trinks he has a dedicated partner, who takes an admirably collaborative view of events… the Berlin Radio Symphony supports characterfully, with a crisp sense of attack, ensemble and solo contribution. ” [Recording of Pfitzner & Braunfels with Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin]

Ateş Orga

Classical Source

“The Sofia Opera Orchestra, already familiar with Richard Wagner’s music for years, on these two evening performances, was by far the best I’ve heard here in recent years. Trinks was able to animate the orchestra to display unbelievable musical sensitivity and transparency, with a virtually flawless and extremely engaged reading. The musical contribution was by far the best part of both evenings in addition to the two engaging and produced by the score Kartaloffs productions…. Under the baton of Constantin Trinks the orchestra impressed me even more than tonight’s “Tristan”. The sonorous “Parsifal” aesthetic, so specific, came to full bloom with Trinks’ sensitive and singer-friendly conducting, but also with his accentuation of dramatic moments, when no one else was on stage or had to sing, as for example in the transformation music in the 3rd act.” [Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, and Parsifal]

Klaus Billand

Online Merker: The International Cultural Platform

“Czech conductor, Tomáš Netopil, has been Music Director of the Essen Philharmonic Orchestra since 2013. Together, they turn in a performance of the Ninth that is more than worthy of a place in any decent Mahler collection… Netopil’s pacing of this movement is exemplary. In his hands the opening is noble and immensely dignified, with not a trace of self-pity. I like this very much, as I also do the control of the final page, leading to a close that is as moving as any I have heard on record… When, in the future, I find myself in need of Mahler’s Ninth – and who can say when that will be? – the simple humanity and fine control of Netopil’s performance, alongside the superb orchestral playing and demonstration quality recording, will do much to persuade me to take this version down from the shelves.”

William Hedley

Music Web International

“…a Die lustige Witwe to listen to… Trinks has the right balance, deep and light at the same time, depicting the contrasts of irony and nostalgia for a world at dusk” [translated from Italian]

Giuseppe Pennisi

Il Sussidiario

“The remarkable orchestra of finesse and power was placed under the energetic and subtle direction of Constantin Trinks… Dominating perfectly these sudden and delicate transitions, the baton of Constantin Trinks directs the orchestra with the hand of a master, until the last moment of this luxurious imaginary voyage.” [translated from French]

Jean Landras

Bachtrack ****

“Constantin Trinks, handled the theatrical impact of this music [Strauss’ Arabella] perfectly, which was played by an orchestra (Bayerische Staatsoper) in whose veins this music runs. An evening one cherishes, where everything seems to converge towards a single goal: the perfection of a memorable interpretation… The orchestra of the Bayerische Staatsoper shows an indisputable empathy with the music of Strauss, the child of the country if any: wonderful sounds, transparency of the strings, softness of the winds, cohesion between the desks.” [translated from French]

Jean-Pierre Robert

ON Magazine

“the fabulous Bayerisches Staatsorchester responds perfectly to Constantin Trinks’ ample and elegant beat, assuming every bit of contrast required by this singular score which oscillates between musical dialogue and lyrical flights, turbulent emotions, and masquerades.” [translated from French]

Steeve Boscardin

Res Musica

“Britten’s superbly designed score for a small orchestra of 13 musicians has its own eeriness adding to the atmosphere and supporting the singers. It was superbly played by Seattle Symphony musicians and conducted in his Seattle Opera debut by Constantin Trinks. It’s one of the most memorable productions the opera has done, in that every detail is equally strong, equally riveting, the story gripping.”

Philippa Kiraly

City Arts Magazine

“Conductor Constantin Trinks does everything right at the opera festival of the Bayerische Staatsoper: he keeps the orchestral playing fluid and the chamber excerpts light and playful, allowing that waltz and melody shimmers with delight” (translated from German)

Michael Stallknecht

Süddeutsche Zeitung

“Trinks knew exactly how to capture this sound world with rousing energy from start until end. He drew out brilliantly nuanced phrases from the orchestra, allowing the plays and singers alike to breathe with the music, earning himself a mightily loud and rapturous applause from the house.” (translated from German)

Gerhard Hoffmann

Online Merker

“The sounds that emerged from the pit were seamless, as if released in a single, long, extended breath. The orchestra played splendidly. Immediacy was provided by trumpets placed in one of the side boxes and blazing brilliantly. The backstage orchestra, with those same trumpets doing double duty, provided grandeur to the pageantry, as did the luxury of an actual pipe organ. After the final notes had sounded, the woman sitting next to me turned and said, ‘Ich bin begeistert’. It is a phrase that I always have trouble translating into English from German. Somehow, delighted or thrilled does not quite capture its meaning, but I knew exactly what she meant.”

Rick Perdian

Seen and Heard International

“…[the Staatstheater Kassel orchestra] gives everything it has, musically, under the excellent direction of Constantin Trinks.” (translated from German)

Judith von Sternburg

Frankfurter Rundschau

“Constantin Trinks’ sensitive conducting never overwhelms, a style characterised by his unique ability to evoke the most passionate emotions at even the most moderate tempi, allowing the music to naturally seep right under your skin.” (translated from German)

Bernd Stopka

Online Musik Magazine

“Constantin Trinks is truly a master of seamless transitions. The way he arouses excitement which spurs ecstasy, without deafening your ears and without straining the singers, by carefully shaping the phrases around climatic moments – that is great art.” (translated from German)

Uwe Friedrich

Deutschlandradio, Kassel

“Constantin Trinks’ love of Wagner came across right at the beginning of the concert in the famous Prelude to Lohengrin. The high strings were so tenderly shaped at the opening, creating just the type of inward restraint to permit a real ‘opening out’ when the lower strings entered… Trinks’ performance [of Schubert’s Symphony No. 9] was the most distinguished we have seen for years… I would very much welcome visits from this maestro on a recurring basis. He seems to challenge the orchestra to do things that they might not otherwise attempt, and gets absolutely inspired results.”

Geoffrey Newman

Vancouver Classical Music