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Carmen, Georges Bizet, Atlanta Opera, April/May 2018
Conductor Arthur Fagen keeps the emphasis on strong rhythm in that frenzied scene and elsewhere such as the overture, giving fast passages energy and excitement while also paying due attention to slower melodies, varied textures as they move across orchestral sections.
Andrew Alexander, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, April 30, 2018

The Atlanta Opera puts a playful, wily spin on the smoldering “Carmen” Underpinning the whole production was the Atlanta Opera Orchestra performance of Bizet’s memorable music — led by music director Arthur Fagen — with brisk but never overstated energy whether accompanying featured vocalists, choruses or choreography. The orchestra, together with the fine singing, offered up that special dimension that makes opera something far more than theater accompanied by music.
Mark Gresham, Artsartl.com, April 30, 2018



Richard Wagner, Der fliegende Holländer, Atlanta Opera, November 2017

Holding it all together was the company’s music director, Arthur Fagen. A former chief conductor in Dortmund, he is an old-school Wagnerian in the best way, breathing with his singers, cradling them with the warmth of the orchestra.

Pierre Ruhe, Opera Magazine, April 2018


Conductor Arthur Fagen and his orchestra were superb. […] the orchestra began the Holländer overture with unerring precision: the main theme of open fifths demonic sounding, woodwind entrances clean and limpid, and the dynamic variations unified throughout the pit. No opera company can excel without a proficient orchestra and if last night’s performance is an indication of things to come, Atlanta may have an opera company that is in the midst of its own redemption.
 
Stephanie Adrian, Opera News, November 4, 2017

Although the DUTCHMAN is not quite at the center of "opera's greatest hits", Zvulun's new production, in an updated setting, for Atlanta [...] makes a good case for its moving up the list. He was aided immeasurably by the stirring performance of the Atlanta Opera orchestra under Music Director/Conductor Arthur Fagen, who showed meticulous control as he was thrusting the score forward.

Richard Sasanow, www.broadwayworld.com, November 7, 2017

Conductor Arthur Fagen gives forceful drama to the music’s juxtaposed moments of full, lush orchestration and dramatic quiet.

Andrew Alexander, www.myajc.com, November 6, 2017

From the opening note of the overture, Fagen’s orchestra is especially impressive in this performance, giving strong emotional and underpinning to the drama.

Mark Gresham, www.artsatl.com, November 6, 2017

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