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May 2014
Arthur Fagen conducts Verdi's Traviata at the Teatro del Bicentenario
Arthur Fagen conducts Verdi's La Traviata at the Teatro del Bicentenario, Leon, Mexico, which opens on May 18. Mr. Fagen scored particular success with Gounod's Faust in Atlanta last March, earning outstanding reviews. This month, he flew to Mexico to conduct "La Traviata" by Giuseppe Verdi, one of the most popular operas the world over. Further performances on May 21 and 24.
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February/March 2014
Noah Stewart, Mary Dunleavy and Alexander Vinogradov under the baton of Arthur Fagen will give a sumptuous première of Gounod's Faust in Atlanta

In September 2010 Arthur Fagen began his inaugural season as Music Director of the Atlanta Opera, over the course he led numerous productions including Wagner's Fliegender Hollaender, Mozart's Magic Flute, Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, Mozart's Don Giovanni, Bizet's Carmen, Rossini's L'italiana in Algeri, Puccini's Tosca, among others. Mr. Fagen continues this season his exciting work at the Atlanta Opera with a production of Gounod's grand opera Faust, featuring outstanding tenor Noah Stewart, soprano Mary Dunleavy and bass Alexander Vinogradov. Performances on March 8, 11, 14 and 16.

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November 2013
The Music Director of the Atlanta Opera Arthur Fagen opened in October the season 2013/2014 with Tosca by Giacomo Puccini earning outstanding reviews. Cast included world class performers as Kara Shay Thompson and Massimiliano Pisapia.
On October 16, 2013, Maria Pia Ugarte from The Examiner wrote:

"Maestro Arthur Fagen's interpretation of the score was eloquent and skillful. Few understand the complexities of unifying under a baton the multiple elements that come to life in a work of this kind. Fewer are able to harness them together to deliver a coherent performance that doesn't under or overwhelm and doesn't drown singers with its intensity....Maestro Fagen delivered a wonderful mixture of colors that adequately complimented vocal creation and dramatic intension.... At the end of the night, the audience offered a well-deserved standing ovation with enthusiasm, one that said with distinction 'laudamus te' Atlanta Opera, this is a production to be proud of and we are certainly proud of you!"

On October 13, The Atlanta Cultural Arts Reviews wrote:

"If you like opera, or you think you might like opera, get your tickets because this is one of the best productions in years, with great singers, sets, costumes, music, lighting and all the elements that bring a classic story of treachery to life with a high degree of theatricality that is a delight. The orchestra under the baton of Arthur Fagan does a terrific job and the entire production directed by Tomer Zvulun is first-rate. "

On October 5, Christie Grimstad from, wrote:

"Arthur Fagen leads a well-rehearsed, clean-diction orchestra ...."
September/October 2013
Arthur Fagen, Music Director of the Atlanta Opera, will open the season 2013/2014 with the intensely passionate music of Tosca by Giacomo Puccini, featuring world class performers: Kara Shay Thomson, Massimiliano Pisapia, Luis Ledesma. The new production is directed by Tomer Zvulun (Oct. 5, 8, 11 and 13).

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August 2013
The Orchestra Haydn under the baton of Arthur Fagen gives two evenings of Mozart Concertos in Bolzano at the International Piano Competition Ferruccio Busoni

Arthur Fagen is already a permanent guest at the Bolzano Festival Bozen, where he conducts each year the Haydn Orchestra. This year, Mr. Fagen will lead the orchestra on Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 during the final rounds of the International Piano Competition Ferruccio Busoni, performing the concerts for piano and orchestra by Mozart KV 488, 467 and 575. On Friday 30 will take place the final evening of the Competition.
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July 2013
Menahem Pressler under the baton of Arthur Fagen gave a sumptuous feast in Indiana with the Festival Orchestra

The Festival Orchestra had only rehearsed since the Monday before Friday’s concert, but sounded completely comfortable in its repertoire and awfully satisfying to hear. Maestro Arthur Fagen, on the podium, proved very much in charge. And, in mid-concert, the remarkable Menahem Pressler came on stage to extract magic from the piano.What more could one have asked for? The combination amounted to a rewarding occasion for the good-sized audience gathered in the Musical Arts Center Friday evening, an audience that responded with enthusiasm throughout.
Carl Maria von Weber’s Overture to the opera “Der Freischutz,” for instance, received all the benefits that come from a conductor who has vast experience in opera. Fagen, well aware of the overture’s thematic ties to a story of fantasy, mystery and triumph of good over evil, drew plentiful drama from the score: portentous violin tremolos, pizzicatos that warn rather than warm, builds that symbolize struggle, a climax that heralds a happy ending. And, thank you, the whole of the overture was played sumptuously.
To spotlight the Festival Orchestra, Fagen chose Brahms’ Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn and the Richard Strauss tone poem, “Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks.” [The orchestra] handled the often intricate Brahms Variations with aplomb; Fagen managed to lift the reading from simply being tidy, in itself not an easy task, to a lustrous state.

Meant to reflect a figure of mischief, Strauss’ “Till Eulenspiegel” demands auras of adventure and wit, mockery and danger, the impish and rascality. All such the Festival Orchestra’s reading had, along with a welcome sense of flow and aural glow. The maestro and his players obviously had made the most of their short preparation time together. Theirs was an effective pairing. Together, with the distinguished Menahem Pressler, they gave the Summer Festival a noteworthy start.

Peter Jacobi, July 17, 2013