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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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Arthur Fagen  returned to France to conduct the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice on January 7 and 8. Mr. Fagen took up the baton to conduct a program devoted to Russia: Sadko by Rimski-Korsakov, the violin concerto op. 82 by Glazunov and the Symphony n. 5 by Sergej Prokofiev. Two seasons ago Mr. Fagen conducted in Nice a critically acclaimed production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Opera Critic  wrote: "l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice sous la baguette du chef Arthur Fagen a su rendre toutes les nuances et restituer toutes les émotions, en particulier ce moment de toute beauté entre les deux premiers actes", Diapason wrote : "....le meilleur Oberon.....sostenu de la fosse par Arthur Fagen, parfait de poésie et d’humour, transcendant les musiciens niçois comme le choeur d’enfants, mutin à souhait", Opera Magazine : "Le meilleur du compositeur britannique, on le trouve sans doute dans les pages orchestrales, celes évoquant la nuit et les songes, très bien servies par la formation réduite du Philharmonique de Nice, sous la direction attentive d’Arthur Fagen", Scenes Magazine: "Belle entrée au repertoire de L’Opéra de Nice  [ …]  La direction musicale, confiée à Arthur Fagen, est de haute qualité, avec des solistes impeccables de bout en bout, mais sans atteindre à la magie" the Nice Matin wrote : "Le spectacle du 'Songe d’une nuit d’été', plein de modernisme et de poésie [ …] portée par le très bon chef d’orchestre américan Arthur Fagen "
ARTHUR FAGEN conducts the world première of Alice nel Paese delle Meraviglie by Giovanni D’Aquila at the Teatro Massimo, Palermo, on November 16, 17, 18, 19  

This is the first of two world première operas which Mr. Fagen will be conducting this season. In April, 2011, Mr. Fagen will also conduct the world première of Bernard Rands' opera "Vincent" based on the life of Vincent Van Gogh.
The new CD of Bohuslav Martinu Concerti for Piano and Orchestra, Volume 2,  with Giorgio Koukl, pianist and Arthur Fagen, conductor, has just been released on Naxos.
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as Music Director 

The Atlanta Opera announced on August 18, that Arthur Fagen will become the Opera’s music director, effective September 2010. Mr.  Fagen has had an extensive history with The Atlanta Opera that includes critically acclaimed productions of La traviata, Turandot, Cold Sassy Tree, Akhnaten, The Flying Dutchman, and The Magic Flute. Mr. Fagen's career has been marked by a string of notable appearances with the world’s greatest opera companies and symphony orchestras, making him an exceptional candidate for this position. As music director, Mr. Fagen will conduct up to two productions each season beginning with the 2011-2012 season. Mr. Fagen will be immediately involved in singer auditions, repertoire selection, and casting for future seasons.
Arthur Fagen conducted the Haydn Orchestra at the Bolzano Festival on Thursday 19 August. The concert was broadcast live on RAI Radio 3, the most important Italian radio channel for classical music, and received very enthusiastic reviews. 

Arthur Fagen will appear at the Bolzano Festival on Thursday 19 August 2010, conducting a program featuring Liszt’s Sonata in B Minor in an exceptional transcription for orchestra by Leo Weiner. The enormous musical architecture of the piece is developed masterfully. The program includes a transcription for orchestra of the Wanderfantasy by Schubert - Liszt was influenced by Franz Schubert's work on the structure of his own sonata - and the Grande Fantaisie Symphonique on themes from Berlioz’s “Lelio“. Mr. Fagen will be joined by soloists Alexander Kobrin and Alexander Romanovsky, both winners of the Busoni Competition. The concert is broadcast live on RAI Radio 3, the most important Italian radio channel for classical music.

Orchestra Haydn Orchester , Bolzano, Italy
August 19, 2010
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After a very successful performances of Mozart’s Magic Flute in Atlanta, Arthur Fagen conducts the Orquestra Sinfonica at the Teatro Nacional Claudio Santoro in Brasilia on 8 and 15 June with two different programs. First program features Rimsky-Korsakov‘s  Sadko and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony n. 4, and second program includes Mozart’s Symphony KV 184 and Mahler’s Symphony n. 4. The Naxos CD with Martinu Piano Concertos, released in January 2010, received rave reviews from international critics. The recording was also included on the latest top bestsellings Naxos albums, as well as on Gramophone Magazine’s Specialist Classical Chart, where it retains a position among the top 20 albums.

Orchestra Sinfonica do Teatro Claudio Santoro, Brasilia - Brazil
June 8 and 15, 2010

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