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June/July 2020

Arthur Fagen’s newest Naxos recording earns outstanding reviews

Arthur Fagen's newest Naxos recording with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra has just been released. This project features works exclusively by Black composers: William Dawson Levi and Ulysses Kay. An awareness of these compositions is important, especially in these times. Dawson's Negro Folk Symphony, a sadly neglected major American symphony and Kay's Fantasy Variations and Umbrian Scene comprise a lesser-known, yet important part of the 20th century American orchestral repertory. It is now available for streaming and to order.

In addition, Naxos label released in March another jewel not to be missed: the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor Arthur Fagen performing four pieces by Morton Gould.

The critics were quick to offer praise for both performances, please see press quotes.

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April 2020

Atlanta Opera had successfully premiered Richard Strauss’s Salome under conductor Arthur Fagen

Atlanta Opera première of Salome in January/February earned outstanding reviews. Mark Gresham wrote on Ear Relevant Journal: “…a most compelling performance of the score by music director Arthur Fagen and the Atlanta Opera Orchestra, which brought its own reputation up another notch in this not-to-be missed production.”, and Daniel Weisman wrote on SchmOpera: “an excessively well produced and well sung production, thoughtfully collaborated by the Atlanta Opera Orchestra and Maestro Arthur Fagen’s impressive conducting and sense of ensemble."

March 2020

For all lovers of American music, label Naxos just released in March a jewel not to be missed: the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor Arthur Fagen performing four pieces by Morton Gould:

Symphonettes Nos. 2-4 - Spirituals for Orchestra

ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
Arthur Fagen (Conductor)
Released: March 2020 - Naxos 8.559869

Symphonette No. 2, "Second American Symphonette"
Symphonette No. 3, "Third American Symphonette"
Symphonette No. 4, "Latin-American Symphonette"
Spirituals for Orchestra

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January 2020

Arthur Fagen starts the year with a new production in Atlanta 

Atlanta Opera premieres a new production of Salome, the one-act opera composed by Richard Strauss based on the Oscar Wilde play. Mr. Fagen conducts an outstanding cast featuring soprano Jennifer Holloway in the title role, Jennifer Larmore as Herodias, Nathan Berg as John the Baptist, Frank van Aken as Herod Antipas. The production, directed by Tomer Zvulun and with set scenes and projections designed by Erhard Rom, opens on Jan. 25 and runs through Feb. 2 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre (further performances on Jan. 28 and 31). 

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November 2019

Arthur Fagen conducts Parsifal and soon after flies to London to record with three major orchestras in the UK: London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestra 

In Indiana University’s Bicentennial year, the top ranked IU Jacobs School of Music, Opera, Ballet and Theater will stage the monumental work of Richard Wagner “Parsifal”, after a 43-year absence from Bloomington. Arthur Fagen conducts this epic Christopher Alexander’s new production. Featured in the excellent cast are tenor Chris Lysack, bass-baritones Mark Delavan and Mark Schnaible, bass Kristinn Sigmundsson and mezzo-soprano Renée Tatum.

Performances on November 10, 13, and 16, 2019.
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Nov. 10, 2:30pm EST
Nov. 13 and 16, 6:00pm EST

On November 19 begin Mr. Fagen’s recording sessions at Abbey Road Studios in London with pianist Tedd Joselson and the London Symphony Orchestra. The centrepiece is a new piano concerto by Manu Martin, Fantasy of Companionship, based on Susan Lim’s concepts of future human and Artificial Intelligence relationships. The recording will also feature piano concertos by Grieg and Rachmaninov with Joselson and the London Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestra. The recording is scheduled for release in 2020.

June/July 2019

Arthur Fagen conducts the Bellingham Festival Orchestra 

Arthur Fagen conducts the Bellingham Festival Orchestra in an all-Austrian program of Mozart and Bruckner on July 6, at the Bellingham Festival of Music, one of America’s premier virtuoso orchestra festivals. The program features Mozart’s Violin Concerto n. 3 in the first half and a masterwork by Bruckner, the Symphony n. 4. Mr. Fagen is joined by violinist Benjamin Beilman.

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April/May 2019

Atlanta Opera’s Music Director Arthur Fagen conducts La Traviata

Giuseppe Verdi’s opera La Traviata is back on Atlanta Opera’s stage in a new co-production with Washington National Opera, the Glimmerglass Festival, Seattle Opera, and Indiana University. Mr. Fagen closes the mainstage season with this classical story of love and loss – one of the most well-known and well-loved operas in the repertoire. The stage director is Francesca Zambello, cast includes Zuzana Markova, Mario Chang and Fabian Veloz. Performances on April 27, 30, May 3, and 5, 2019.

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