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Giuseppe Verdi, Traviata, Boston Lyric Opera, U.S., October 2014
The orchestra from the first swish of Arthur Fagen’s baton was exquisite. The strings hummed with the sweet sadness layered in Verdi’s score. Listening to the Act 1 prelude carried the audience to Violetta’s party in scene 1. The orchestra played as one instrument while accompanying the vocalists on stage.

Kitty Drexel, netheatregeek.com, October 16, 2014

The first Act Prelude was gorgeous, replete with ethereal strings and delicately calibrated dynamics....Fagen's conducting was otherwise admirable, in particular showing great attentiveness to Verdi's orchestration.

Boston Classical Review - Angelo Mao , October 11, 2014


Friday night the orchestra, led by Arthur Fagen fizzed under the chorus's opening "Dell'invito trascorsa  e' gia l'ora" ....affording the singers plenty of room.

Eric Antoniou, Boston Globe, October 12, 2014


And I liked the grand-but-tender sounds I heard guest conductor Arthur Fagen teasing from the orchestra down in the pit.
 
The Hub Review, Thomas Garvey, October 16, 2014


I must reserve some praise for the excellent playing of the BLO Orchestra under Arthur Fagen. They infallibly set the mood, often with self-effacing virtuosity, e.g., the introduction to Flora's party and its entertainment portions. Also, at the very beginning of the opera, the ppp strings materialized out of nothing to describe a mixture of tragedy, hope, yearning, and love, symbolic of Violetta - and indeed the opera itself.

Geoffrey Wieting, The Boston Musical Intelligence, October 16, 2014
Giacomo Puccini, Madama Butterfly, Chautauqua Opera, US, July 2014

The Chautauqua Opera Orchestra never sounded better, in my experience, than they did under the baton of conductor Arthur Fagen. The intensity of the orchestra was wedded to the swell and fall of the singing on the stage, and it helped very much to create that crucial feeling of being engulfed by the emotions of the opera.

Robert W. Plyler, Post-Journal, July 2014

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