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December 2011
December is a very busy month for Arthur Fagen. After a successful opening opera season of the Atlanta Opera in the U.S. with Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, and having warm praise in the press for his conducting, this weekend Mr. Fagen conducts the Norddeutsche Philharmonie in Germany. The program features works by Weber, Brahms and Dvorak. The concerts are on Saturday 3, Sunday 4 and Monday 5. These concerts are followed by a further appearance with the Orchestra Oviedo Filarmonia in Spain, on December 16, with a program that includes Dvorak’s Symphony n. 8. As a regular guest of the Orchestra Haydn Orchester, Mr. Fagen will conduct on December 21 in Trento a program featuring works by Mozart, Vivaldi and Corelli, and on January 1, he conducts the Saarlaendisches  Staatsorchester’s New Year Concert at the Theater Saarbruecken in Germany.

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Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor will open the 2011-2012 season of the Atlanta Opera at the Cobb Energy Centre. Arthur Fagen, in his inaugural season as Atlanta Opera Music Director, will conduct the production on November 12, 15, 18 and 20, 2011. Mr. Fagen has been conducting several new productions in Atlanta during past years, as The Magic Flute, Glass’s Akhnaten and The Flying Dutchman.  During the season Mr. Fagen will also conduct Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

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A well-conceived production of Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte,” sung, played and done equally well.... Conductor Arthur Fagen had the full measure of things, exhibiting in his leadership a keen sensitivity to tonal quality, style, pace, clarity, and balances. The Chamber Orchestra, augmented by harpsichord and continuo cello for period authenticity, responded with ardor and elasticity. , Peter Jacobi, September 26, 2011

Arthur Fagen conducted a nicely paced performance with attention to orchestral and vocal details. He has the Chamber Orchestra up a bit higher in the pit than usual, which visually made them seem more involved in the production. The sound was excellent throughout., George Walker, September 26, 2011

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 through a Liszt celebratory program conducting his both concertos for piano and orchestra at the  Busoni Competition and the final evening on Sept. 2. Meanwhile, the rave reviews continue to appear in magazines like Fanfare, Musical America, The American Record Guide, about the latest recordings and opera productions such as Der Cid and Vincent.

Enjoy the live streaming of Liszt concertos on August 30 and 31 on:

On Friday September 2nd, 8.30pm there will be a live radio broadcast of the great final round of the Busoni Competition. The program will be broadcast by the Italian Radio Rai 3.

Mr. Fagen will conduct the opening of W.A. Mozart’s “Cosí fan tutte” at Bloomington's Musical Arts Center when Indiana University Opera Theater's 2011-12 season opens next week. Mozart's timeless comedy will debut Friday, Sept. 23, with additional performances Sept. 24, 30 and Oct. 1. The Sept. 23-24 performances will be video-streamed live at, embellished by live blogging from IU Jacobs School of Music musicology students.

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Einen hohen Anteil am Gelienger dieser Inszenierung hatte das Dirigat von Arthur Fagen. Auf hohem Niveau führte er das Saarländische Staatstheater durch die Partitur. Sein souveräne, von großer Intensität und hoher musikalischer Sensibilität gezeichnete Leitung garantierte nicht nur das nahtlose Zusammenspiel von Solisten, Chor und Orchester, sondern führte auch durch eine zügige und analytische Behandlung des Orchester geschickt über die Länger und „Untiefen“ der Partitur hinweg. Der uneingeschränkten Anerkennung von Fagens Leistung, die die Einstudierung des Chores durch Jaume Miranda einschließt, muss auch die der Solisten zur Seite treten.

Michael Pitz-Grewenig, Das Orchester, September 2011

Fagen and the Orchestra respond with stunningly articulated clarity, and the close-up recorded sound is as fine as one could wish for. If we add to this the informative notes, this becomes a must purchase.

Alan Becker, The American Record Guide, March / April 2011

The Piano Concerto No. 1, written by the 35-year-old Martinů two years after he’d left his native land for Paris, is a neoclassical piece dressed in a sort of neobaroque style that he may have absorbed from Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, Prokofiev’s “Classical” Symphony, and music he’d possibly heard by one or another of Les Six in some of the Parisian cabarets. Breezy, brisk, and a bit cockeyed, Martinů’s score delights in bending the ear with tuneful bitonality. But the piece also recalls the composer’s not-so-distant homeland and romantic roots, as it does in the meltingly beautiful, Czech-tinged Andante movement.
Martinů was well into his Parisian period when he wrote his Piano Concerto No. 2. The bitonality and French cabaret elements seem largely gone, as the music takes on a more serious, almost Brahmsian, cast. It’s as if Martinů is returning to his romantic roots. The Poco Andante confirms as much with a movement which, according to the note authors “seems to be an unabashedly romantic homage to Brahms.” If you’re just beginning to explore the music of Martinů and/or you’re on a budget, this fine Naxos release can be recommended without reservation. Once again, there is much to enjoy on this new Naxos recording. Certainly if you acquired the first volume, you’ll want this one. And though I may have expressed a slight preference for one or another version of these works, Koukl and Fagen do not disappoint. Fine performances and a well-engineered recording make for a positive recommendation.

Jerry Dubins, Fanfare, May 2011

The orchestra, conducted by Arthur Fagen, played with sonorous beauty, delicate and powerful by turns .... So impressed was I by the opera and its production that I returned for a second performance. This is an opera that should be taken up by the operatic establishment. .... Dramatic and accessible, it is an opera from the heart to the heart.

Charles H. Parsons, American Record Guide, June 2011

.....the impeccably prepared cast on opening night (lead roles alternate) .....performed admirably. Best to characterize the performances as being of high quality; things in the pit were even more impressive, as Arthur Fagen guided the Philharmonic Orchestra through Rands’s peaks and valleys, so eloquently crafted to match Vincent’s own.

Susan Elliott,, April 14, 2011

Theodore Gouvy’s opera Der Cid continues to achieve tremendous success after its première on June 3 at the Saarländischen Staatstheater

Arthur Fagen earned outstanding reviews on his conducting of Gouvy’s world première Der Cid ( please see press quotes ).  Last three performances of the opera can still be heard on June 11, 16 and 18. Soon after Mr. Fagen flies to South America to conduct the Orquesta Filarmonica de Montevideo, Uruguay. The concert will take place on July 4. In August Mr. Fagen will conduct the Orchestra Haydn of Bolzano, Italy. 

On Saturday June 11th, 8pm there will be a live radio broadcast of the entire opera Der Cid; this broadcast will be realized by the Saarländischer Rundfunk. The opera will be broadcast in the following countries on air: Portugal, Spain, Croatia, Bulgaria, Serbia, U.S.A., Czech Republic, Ireland, Norway, Austria, Estonia, Switzerland, Slovenia. In Germany: Hessischer Rundfunk, Deutschland Radio and Bayerischer Rundfunk. Some more are expected to join in with a total of about 7 million listeners.

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ARTHUR FAGEN conducts world première at the Theatre of Saarbrucken
Arthur Fagen conducts the world première of Théodore Gouvy's opera Le Cid at the Saarländischen Staatstheater in Germany, on 3 June. Théodore Gouvy (1819-1898) was born into a French speaking family in the Alsatian village of Goffontaine. Le Cid, Gouvy's only main stage work, was accepted in Dresden in 1863, but it was never performed. The production features staging by Jetske Mijnssen and the performance will be broadcast onto the radio network European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the largest association of national broadcasters in the world.
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ARTHUR FAGEN conducts three world premières this season

On April 8 Arthur Fagen will conduct a world première of the Opera in Two Acts 'Vincent', by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Bernard Rands, commissioned by the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. 'Vincent' suggests an outline of Van Gogh's late years. The work promises to be quite a marvelous production and through the magic of contemporary theater technology, quite a spectacle of color and van Gogh's work. The librettist is J. D. McClatchy. This is the second world première conducted by Mr. Fagen this season: last November he was invited by the Teatro Massimo of Palermo, Italy, to conduct with enormous success the première of Alice nel Paese delle Meraviglie by Giovanni D'Aquila. In addition, Mr. Fagen will conduct in June 2011 at the Theatre of Saarbrucken a world première of the Opera in Three Acts ‘Le Cid’, by French-German composer Théodore Gouvy.
Mr. Fagen will be in Spain on February 10 and 11, 2011 to lead the Orquesta Sinfonica de Navarra in Pamplona conducting a program that includes Mendelssohn’s Hebriden Overture, Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder with soprano Kirsten Blanck and Brahms’s Symphony n.1 in c moll. Soon after, he flies to the US where he conducts in the US (Indiana) works by Reinecke, Liszt and Sibelius.

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