December 13,2014 — Premiere of Lehàr’s Die Lustige Witwe in Mannheim widely celebrated.
“Under the direction of Joseph Trafton the National Theater Orchester played so smoothly and elegantly, that it sounded as luxurious, as if they were playing the “Rosenkavalier.” Rhein-Neckar Zeitung
January 1, 2015 — Jumped in to conduct the New Year’s Concert of Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten on six hours notice in place of ailing General Music Director Dan Ettinger.
“Joseph Trafton then shined in conducting “Fall” and “Winter.” The concentration in the whole house, from the top choir row until the last row of the audience appeared to be gripped in their seats; seldom in the middle of the Winter has there been so little coughing. And hardly had the last note sounded, before the house “exploded” in thunderous applause that literally shook the walls. The audience clapped as if in a frenzy – celebrating the conversion of a disaster into a grandiose New Year’s good fortune.” Mannheimer Morgen
January 10, 2015 — Revival of L’Elisir d’Amore in Mannheim with international guest stars, personal debut.
Trafton is currently 1st Kapellmeister at the prestigious Nationaltheater Mannheim, and has also recently conducted the Baden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra and Basel Symphony Orchestra. Productions this season include La Traviata, Die Lustige Witwe, La Bohéme, Carmen, Der Freischütz, L’Elisir d’Amore, Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, The Idiot. He will also conduct the world premiere of the ballet 2 Gents with music commissioned from Thomas Siffling, as well as Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet and the ballet Othello with music from John Adams, Aaron Jay Kernis, and Philip Glass. In addition, he conducts family symphonic concerts including Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, Dvorak’s New World Symphony, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Ravel’s Ma Mere L’oye Suite, Milhaud’s Le Boeuf sur le Toit and more.