Spring 2023 Performances:

January 1    New Years’ Concert “Wien, Wien nur du allein” with the Hagen Philharmonic Orchestra

January 20  Puccini La fanciulla del West, Theater Hagen

January 24  Symphony Concert – Eötvös Dialog mit Mozart, Schumann Piano Concerto, Brahms Symphony Nr. 2; Roger Muraro, piano

February 9  Puccini La fanciulla del West

February 10  Symphony Concert – Parktheater Iserlohn – Mendelssohn Die Hebriden, Maxwell Davies Strathclyde Concerto Nr. 4, Mendelssohn Symphony Nr. 3 “Scottish”; Dimitri Ashkenazy, Clarinet

February 10  Symphony Concert, Hagen – Mendelssohn Die Hebriden, Maxwell Davies Strathclyde Concerto Nr. 4, Mendelssohn Symphony Nr. 3 “Scottish”

March 11  Puccini La fanciulla del West

March 25 Premiere: Eötvös Tri Sestry

April 1  Eötvös Tri Sestry

April 9  Eötvös Tri Sestry

May 6  Premiere: Mozart Don Giovanni

May 10  Mozart Don Giovanni

May 17 Mozart Don Giovanni

May 23  Symphony Concert – Bartók Dance Suite, Sibelius Violin Concerto, Stravinsky Petrouchka; Marc Bouchkov, Violin

June 13  Symphony Concert – Köster Mind over Matter (World Premiere), Gershwin An American in Paris, Turnage Momentum, Bernstein Prelude, Fugue and Riffs

Trafton is currently in his sixt season as Music Director of the Hagen Philharmonic Orchestra.  Conducting a broad palette of symphonic repertoire from Haydn, Brahms, and Mahler to Janácek, Hindemith, and Schostakovich, he also engages with issues of historical performance practice as well as commissioning and conducting world premieres.  Theater Hagen, where he is chief conductor, was awarded “Best theater beyond the major centers” in 2019, whereby his production of Tristan und Isolde was highlighted.  He has previously served as First Kapellmeister at the Nationaltheater Mannheim, awarded 2014-15 Opera House of the Year, as well as Kapellmeister positions in Braunschweig and Regensburg. He regularly guest conducts symphony orchestras and new music ensembles in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, and the Czech Republic.  His broad opera repertoire includes Der Golem (world premiere), La Traviata, Les contes d’Hoffmann, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Eugen Onegin, Rusalka, La Bohéme, Madama Butterfly, Carmen, Der Freischütz, L’Elisir d’Amore, Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci. In addition, he has led numerous projects for youth and familes including Carmen – High School Opera, Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, Dvorak’s New World Symphony, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Ravel’s Ma Mere L’oye Suite.

Photo: Receiving guidance from Bernhard Haitink.