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Verdi and Wagner with Wolfgang Brendel and Jane Dutton, Indiana, September 2016
For an opera fan, Wednesday evening’s Philharmonic concert must have been a happy occasion. For me, an opera fan for sure, it was. What more could I have asked for than to spend close to a couple of hours with two giants of opera, the 19th century golden boys, Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner. The program was balanced fairly, an equal number of pieces, five each with two being orchestral: Verdi’s exciting Overture to “La Forza del Destino,” often played on symphonic concerts, and the hauntingly melancholic Prelude to Act 3 of “La Traviata; Wagner’s rousing Prelude to Act 3 of “Lohengrin,” also a symphonic favorite, and the mood-setting, festive Prelude to Act 3 of  “Die Meistersinger.” To all of them, conductor Arthur Fagen and his stage-filling orchestra gave readings that thrilled for the lushness of sounds produced and for their intensity of feeling […] It was amazing that Maestro Fagen could bring unity and clarity of such high quality to an ensemble just organized. But not only did the Philharmonic make itself proud in the orchestral pieces mentioned above but in accompanying the singers the remainder of the evening. Wolfgang Brendel and Jane Dutton have had distinguished singing careers of long standing […] Brendel sang with passion […] Dutton sounded jubilant [...]
Peter Jacobi,, September 9, 2016

Gounod, Roméo et Juliette, Atlanta Opera, May 2016
Conductor Arthur Fagen kept tempos brisk and both “Je veux vivre” and the air “Amour ranime mon courage” were impressively dynamic.
Opera News, Stephanie Adrian, September 7, 2016

The Atlanta Opera ends a strong season by presenting one of its best shows in recent memory, a fantastically engaging production of Charles Gounod's "Romeo and Juliet".... Music Director Arthur Fagen focuses the orchestra on evoking the almost overwhelmingly lush beauty of Gounod's score, never shying away from the old-fashioned stormy drama either…
Atlanta Journal Constitution, May 9, 2016

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