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Akhnaten, Philip Glass, Indianapolis Opera, February/March 2013
Last weekend's production of American minimalist composer Philip Glass's Akhnaten was a huge undertaking, and proved a huge achievement for everyone involved.
The IU Concert Orchestra played with skill and concentration; conductor Arthur Fagen did an excellent job of leading them through tough orchestral waters., March 2013

Conductor Arthur Fagan looked like a Glass specialist, the score of Akhnated never faltering, and the timing of both orchestra and chorus was impeccable from start to finish, (even those tricky Glassian rhythm changes that can play havoc with the mind)., February 2013

The music is realized stunningly, thanks to conductor Arthur Fagen, chorus master Walter Huff, the two casts, a multitude of choristers, and the Concert Orchestra in the pit. For the orchestra to have labored so successfully through two hours of highly structured and repetitively patterned, potentially mesmerizing developments speaks to their individual abilities and discipline and to Maestro Fagen’s profound mastery of members and material. The chorus, Walter Huff trained, sang sumptuously.
Peter Jacobi,, February 2013
Carmen, Georges Bizet, Atlanta Opera November 2012
[....] the Atlanta Opera opened its 2012-2013 season with Bizet’s Carmen to an enthusiastic reception on Saturday, November 10. The evening was led by Carl and Sally Gable Music Director Arthur Fagen, whose polished baton emphasized the vitality and sparkling qualities of this familiar score. A clever leader, he understood the proclivities of his singers, and allowed them to luxuriate their lines when inspired without ever becoming a detriment to the dramatic gestures dictated by the score. He was also a match to the complexity of the piece, and successfully anchored the company in the most intricate sections…

Daniel Vasquez,, November 19, 2012

Bizet's 'Carmen' is one of the most well-known and beloved operas of the standard repertoire ... The company remained true to the name it has made for itself for offering high quality productions to its patrons. It is always music to the ears, literally, to hear a well-conducted orchestra. This was evident under the baton of Arthur Fagen, who had seamless command of the musicians in the pit, an orchestra that consciously supported the singers with beauty rather than drowning them in sound.

Pia Ugarte,, November 12, 2012

The Atlanta Opera may be lacking a general director these days, but it seems to be in good stead with its relatively new musical director, Arthur Fagen, who conducted the opening-night performance. Opera is a profoundly complicated machine that depends upon a balance of forces, and Fagen’s orchestra hummed along pleasingly, supportive of singers but revving up at appropriate moments to bolster the drama.

Stephanie Adrian,, November 14, 2012

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