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MARCH 2009

Arthur Fagen enjoyed an enormous success in Atlanta in the celebrated Glass's opera Akhnaten. The combination of the masterful and exceptional musical presentation made this work what has been described as “the hottest ticket of the season”. The two performances were exalted by both public and critics.
Mr. Fagen returns to Europe to conduct one of the oldest Italian orchestras, the Sinfonica di Sanremo, with a program that includes Brahms violin concerto and Schubert symphony n.4 . Mr. Fagen is joined by violinist Boris Belkin.

Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo, March 26, 2009


Philip Glass’s opera Akhnaten conducted by ARTHUR FAGEN in Atlanta was extremely well-received

The Atlanta premiere of Philip Glass’s opera Akhnaten conducted by Arthur Fagen on January 23 and 25 has opened to an overwhelming public response at the Schwartz Center. The composer was present at the last performance, and Pierre Ruhe of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution wrote that “ It was the hottest ticket of the season, with sold out performances and great acclaim at evening’s end.....And Atlanta Opera gave it the same level of preparation and care it gives its usual fare: mostly well sung; smart and literal stage direction (by Richard Kagey); an orchestra, conducted by Arthur Fagen, that caught the sweep of the music ....” Mr. Fagen will return in April to Atlanta to conduct Wagner’s ‘Der Fliedende Hollaender’ ( The Flying Dutchman).

The first week of January, Arthur Fagen crowned a busy 2008 year conducting New Year’s Concert of the Haydn Orchestra in several cities including Merano, Bolzano and Trento. Mr. Fagen started the New Year with a festive program with works by Strauss, Anderson, Rogers, Berlin and Sousa, and was described by the critic as a conductor “with an exceptional sparkling gesture and rhythmically incisive.” ( Please see last reviews)

Continuing his flourishing relationship with the Atlanta Opera, Mr. Fagen will conduct the sold out Atlanta premiere of Akhnaten by Philip Glass on January 23 and 25.

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 The new production of Fidelio at the Portland Opera conducted in November by Mr. Fagen was highly acclaimed by critics and audience (see last reviews).  In December Mr. Fagen starts the rehearsals of the New Year Concert of the Orchestra Haydn of Bolzano and Trento, Italy. The concert will be performed in different places of North Italy, including Dobbiaco, Trento, Merano, Bolzano and Bressanone. Mr. Fagen will open in a festive atmosphere the year 2009 conducting works by Franz Lehar, Johann Strauss, Leroy Anderson, Richard Rodgers and Irving Berlin.
Mr. Fagen is conducting a new production of Fidelio at the Portland Opera, to be premiered on November 7th. Beethoven’s triumphant score—as symphonic as it is vocal—is a magnificent tribute to fidelity, freedom, and the indomitable human spirit. Further performances on November 9, 13 and 15.
Mr. Fagen’s long term relationship with Naxos label goes on with a new project of complete piano concertos by Bohuslav Martinu, to be recorded in October with pianist Giorgio Koukl and the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra of Zlin, Czech Republic, and to be released next year commemorating the 50th anniversary of composer's death.  Soon after he will start rehearsals in Portland of Beethoven's opera Fidelio, to be premiered on November 7th.
Mr. Fagen continues to celebrate contemporary music with the Atlanta Premiere of Philip Glass’s Akhnaten in January 2009, mesmerizing historical drama about the pharaoh who overthrew the old order. He has established a flourishing relationship with the Atlanta Opera, where he inaugurated the new Opera House, performed two new productions last season and will conduct operas by Wagner and Mozart in the 2008/2009 and 2009/2010 seasons.
In 2008/2009 he will also conduct the NRD Hannover in Braunschweig and at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the New Year concert of the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trento with American composers repertory,  and was invited again to conduct the Winterthur Orchestra in Switzerland in 2009.

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