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September 2018
After a successful summer conducting Mozart’s Don Giovanni in Costa Rica, Mr. Fagen starts the season 2018/2019 with the IU Symphony Orchestra in Indiana on September 16, performing works by Ives, Brahms and Mendelssohn. In October follows a Naxos’ recording of music by Henry Cowell; soon after he returns to Indianapolis and Bloomington to conduct the opera Hansel and Gretel by Humperdinck at the IU Opera Theater. The New Year 2019 will see him in Vienna with the ORF Radio-Symphonie Orchester, recording for Naxos music by Dawson, Kay and Gould. In January 19, Mr. Fagen will conduct the IU Philharmonic Orchestra with works by Webern and Rachmaninov. In February he returns to Europe to conduct the Wuerttembergische Philharmonie (Weill, Korngold, R. Strauss) on the 18, and on February 25 he conducts the Beer Sheva Sinfonietta with works by Diamond, Tchaikovsky and Haydn. During April and May 2019 Mr. Fagen will conduct La Traviata at the Atlanta Opera, with soprano Markova, Chang and Veloz, and soon after, at the end of May, he will be at the Bellingham Festival conducting works by Mozart and Bruckner.
July 2018

Arthur Fagen conducts the National Opera of Costa Rica

Mr. Fagen will conduct Mozart’s Don Giovanni in San José, Costa Rica, next July 22, 24, 26, 27, 29 and 31, 2018.
Diamond’s works recording for Naxos -released last May- continues to earn enthusiastic reviews.
On June Fanfare Magazine published an interview, where Mr. Fagen talks about the music of David Diamond (please see press quotes).

May 2018
Virginia Arts Festival: Arthur Fagen presents an all-Mozart program with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra

Atlanta Opera’s successful production of Bizet’s Carmen last week has been acclaimed by critics and audience (see press reviews below). This week, Mr. Fagen conducts the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, in an all-Mozart program: a concerto for three pianos, a double concerto for two pianos, and Mozart’s final piano concerto, K. 595. Joining Mr. Fagen pianist André-Michel Schub, and the young rising star Dominic Cheli, with whom Mr. Fagen will also play in the triple concerto. This month the new Naxos recording of David Diamond’s Symphony n. 6 and Rounds for string orchestra was released earning outstanding reviews. Performance on May 11, 2018.

More information at: https://www.vafest.org/
April/May 2018
Mr. Fagen conducts Bizet’s Carmen at the Atlanta Opera

After his highly successful performances of the new production of Wagner’s Dutchman last November, Mr. Fagen returns to the podium of the Atlanta Opera to conduct one of the most popular operas of all time, Carmen by Bizet. Cast includes Varduhi Abrahamyan as Carmen, Gianluca Terranova as Don José, and Edward Parks as Escamillo. First performance on April 28, further performances on May 1, 4 and 6, 2018.
 
More information at:
www.atlantaopera.org/performance/carmen/

Mr. Fagen conducts a new production of Wagner’s Der Fliegende Hollaender
On November 4, Atlanta’s Music Director Arthur Fagen leads the premiere of  Tomer Zvulun’s new staging of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman. The ancient ghost story to the stage in a new and modern way with stunning visuals.
Jay Hunter Morris reprises his role as Erik, Wayne Tigges will sing the title role of the Dutchman, opposite Melody Moore as Senta. Kristian Sigmundsson sings Senta’s father.

Further performances on November 7, 10 and 12, 2017

www.atlantaopera.org

July-August 2017
Mr. Fagen conducts a new production of Verdi’s La Traviata in Costa Rica

On July 23, Mr. Fagen conducted a new production of Verdi's La Traviata at the National Lyric Company of Costa Rica. Soprano Elizabeth Caballero in the title role shares the stage with Massimiliano Pisapia as Alfredo.

Further performances on July 25, 27, 28, 30 and August 1.

New Naxos recording of Bernard Rands's opera Vincent conducted by Mr. Fagen continues to earn outstanding reviews. Gramophone UK Magazine has written: "The Indiana performance, conducted by Arthur Fagen, brims with telling detail and vibrancy." Gapplegate Classical Modern Music Review published: "Arthur Fagen, the effective soloists and the amassed Indiana University singers and musicians all give us a convincing and intense reading of the score." David's Review Corner has written: “Much praise must go to the orchestra which, together with the chorus, make such a vibrant ending to the first act”.
April/May 2017
Atlanta Opera’s Turandot tries, succeeds on a grand scale

Mr. Fagen conducted a new production of Turandot at the Atlanta Opera in 2007, opening the season and inaugurating the new opera house, the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center. Now, ten years later, Mr. Fagen closes the 2016-17 season in Atlanta with same opera, Turandot, an incredibly colorful production, with more than 110 performers and singers on the stage. Puccini’s last opera, in which he was working on the final scene when he died, is one of the beloved operas of Mr. Fagen. In 2007 the critics said that “...the conductor Arthur Fagen could draw intensely colorful sounds from the orchestra, at once gauzy and crystal clear, like an Impressionist painting that's recently been cleaned …” This year, the première was welcomed with this title: Atlanta Opera’s Turandot tries, succeeds on a grand scale (see press quotes).
On March 3, Naxos Records released the first recording of Bernard Rands's 2011 opera Vincent, with Arthur Fagen leading the Indiana University Philharmonic Orchestra.

Atlanta Opera, Puccini, Turandot, April 29, May 2, 5, 7, 2017

www.atlantaopera.org

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