December 29 — Revival of Don Carlo in Mannheim, personal debut.
“Impeccable were the soloists, choir, and luminously disposed orchester under Joseph Trafton’s poised leadership.” Waltraud Brunst, Mannheimer Morgen
January 11 — Festival Opera Evening performance in Mannheim of Madama Butterfly featuring star guest soloist Alexia Voulgaridou.
“Trafton succeeded in developing a rich Puccini texture and inflamed the performance with fire.” Mannheimer Morgen
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 Don Carlo, Madama Butterfly, The Turn of the Screw, La Traviata, La Bohéme, Carmen, the ballet Isadora, including the Nico Muhly’s From Here on Out, Saariaho’s Lichtbogen, and Mahler’s Adagietto from Symphony Nr. 5. In addition, he conducts family symphonic concerts including Dvorak’s New World Symphony, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony, and John Williams Star Wars Suite.
“Choir and orchester, playing initially sensitively and rich in colors under young 1st Kapellmeister Joseph Trafton, have to shape the night with the singers and do this with considerable precision and at times very grippingly…” (Lucia di Lammermoor premiere)
“Under the direction of Joseph Trafton, the Staatsorchester played in top form, virtuosic in the soloistic passages, with Italian elán and intuition for the young voices…“ (Capuleti e Montecchi)
“Conductor Joseph Trafton conquered the podium with verve… effortlessly he and the orchestra captivated the audience, delivering the Overture from Bizet’s hot-blooded Carmen with splendid character.”
“Frenzied applause and bravos for Joseph Trafton with the rhythmically tight Staatsorchester.” (Carmen ballet)