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Arthur Fagen - Conductor
Arthur Fagen is in great demand as a conductor of symphony and opera in Europe, Asia, South America and the United States. A former assistant of both Christoph von Dohnanyi (Frankfurt Opera) and James Levine (Metropolitan Opera), he is a regular guest at the most prestigious opera houses, concert halls, and music festivals at home and abroad.
Mr. Fagen was born in New York where he began his conducting studies with Laszlo Halasz. Further studies continued at the Curtis Institute under the guidance of Max Rudolf, and both at the Salzburg Mozarteum and with Hans Swarowsky. Mr. Fagen's career has been marked by a string of notable appearances, he has conducted the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Munich State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Staatsoper Berlin, New York City Opera, and orchestras like the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic, Munich Radio Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Orchestra della RAI (Torino, Naples, Milano, Roma), the Bergen Philharmonic, to name but a few.
Recent opera productions conducted by Mr. Fagen include Siegfried, Götterdämmerung in Dortmund, Ariadne auf Naxos in Bolzano, Ballo in Maschera at the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, as well as two Ring Cycles. Additionally in 2006, Mr. Fagen conducted the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Nuernberg Philharmonic and Orchestra del Teatro Massimo in Palermo.
In 2002/2007 Mr. Fagen was the Music Director of the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dortmund Opera. Following his successful concerts with the Dortmund Philharmonic at the Grosse Festspielhaus in Salzburg, Arthur Fagen and the Dortmund Philharmonic were invited to the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Palais de Beaux Arts in Brussels, as well as tours in Salzburg, Beijing and Shanghai.
In October 2007 Mr. Fagen conducted a new production of Turandot at the Atlanta Opera, where he opened the season with enormous success and inaugurated the new Opera House, the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center. Soon after, in February 2008, he conducted in Atlanta the contemporary opera Cold Sassy Tree by Carlisle Floyd. In the same month he was appointed Professor of Music in instrumental conducting at Indiana University in Bloomington.
The 2007/2008 season included engagements with the Israel Symphony Orchestra, Holland Sinfonia, Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Dortmunder Philharmoniker, Sicily and Rome's Symphony Orchestras, Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Opera de Nice, concerts in Spain (Las Palmas, Navarra) and in Taiwan, among others. A CD for Naxos was released in October 2007, Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsodies with the Staatskapelle Weimar.
Mr. Fagen has an opera repertory of more than 70 works. He has served as Principal Conductor in Kassel and Brunswick, as Chief Conductor of the Flanders Opera of Antwerp and Ghent, as Music Director of the Queens Symphony Orchestra and a member of the conducting staff of the Chicago Lyric Opera. He has conducted the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Munich State Opera, Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, New York City Opera, Opera Capitole de Toulouse, Bordeaux Opera, Frankfurt Opera, Staatstheater Stuttgart, New Israeli Opera, Baltimore Opera, Edmonton Opera, Spoleto Festival, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, and many others.
On the concert podium, Mr. Fagen has appeared with internationally known orchestras including the Czech Philharmonic, Prague Spring Festival, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Munich Radio Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Slovak Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra della RAI (Torino, Naples, Milano, Roma), Orchestra San Carlo, Orchestras of Naples, Genoa and Sanremo, the Bergen Philharmonic, the Dutch Radio Orchestra, among many others.
Arthur Fagen was first prizewinner of the "Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Conductors Competition" as well as prizewinner of the "Gino Marinuzzi International Conductors' Competition" in Italy.
Mr. Fagen has recorded for BMG, Bayerischer Rundfunk, SFB and WDR Cologne. He records regularly for Naxos, for whom he has completed the 6 symphonies of Bohuslav Martinu.