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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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January/February 2019

Arthur Fagen conducts in February the Württembergische Philharmonie and the Israel Beer Sheva Sinfonietta 

On February 18, Arthur Fagen conducted the Württembergische Philharmonie in a program which included the magnificent tone poem “Also sprach Zarathustra” as well as Korngold Violin Concerto performed by violinist, Hyeyoon Park and the Weill-Schönherr Suite from the “Threepenny Opera” (see reviews). Soon afterwards, Mr. Fagen flew to Israel to conduct the Beer Sheva Sinfonietta on February 23 and 25 in a program which opens with David Diamond’s “Rounds for String Orchestra” which he recently recorded for the Naxos label. Also on the program are Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations (soloist: Danielle Akta) and Haydn’s Symphony 103 “Drum Roll”.

Mr. Fagen has recently returned from Vienna where he recorded two CD’s with the Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester of the ORF in repertoire by Morton Gould, William Dawson Levi and Ulysses Kay.

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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.

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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.
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