BIOGRAPHY

Arthur Fagen is Music Director of The Atlanta Opera and Chair of Orchestral Conducting at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington. In addition, he is in demand as a guest conductor of symphony orchestras and opera companies throughout the world.

Mr. Fagen has conducted productions at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Metropolitan Opera, Bavarian State Opera (Munich), Deutsche Oper Berlin, Staatsoper Berlin, New York City Opera, Theatre Capitole de Toulouse, Bordeaux Opera, Teatro Massimo Palermo, Teatro Regio Torino, Bavarian State Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Teatro Real Madrid, Frankfurt Opera, Staatstheater Stuttgart, New Israeli Opera, Baltimore Opera, Edmonton Opera, Spoleto Festival, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Stadttheater Bozen. From 1998 to 2001, he was a regular guest conductor at the Vienna State Opera. On the concert podium, he has appeared with internationally known orchestras including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, the Czech Philharmonic, Munich Radio Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, RAI Orchestras (Torino, Naples, Milano, Roma), the Bergen Philharmonic, Prague Spring Festival, the Dutch Radio Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, to name but a few. He had a ten year relationship with the Bavarian Radio and conducted many concerts in the Gaststeig and Herkulessaal in Munich.

Mr. Fagen has an opera repertory of more than 80 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 Lyric Opera of Chicago.

From 2002 through 2007, Mr. Fagen was the Music Director of the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dortmund Opera where he opened the Dortmunder Konzerthaus with Mahler Symphony 3.Following 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, and to China with concerts in Beijing and Shanghai.

Mr. Fagen conducted a new production of Turandot at the Atlanta Opera in 2007, opening the season with enormous success and inaugurating their new home at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center and has since conducted productions there of Butterfly, Boheme, Tosca, Figaro, L'Italiana in Algieri, Faust, Carmen, Romeo and Juliet, Don Giovanni, the Magic Flute and The Flying Dutchman.

In recent seasons, he has conducted world premieres of "Alice nel Paese Della Meraviglia" at Teatro Massimo Palermo, "Der Cid" by Theodore Gouvy at Staatstheater Saarbruecken, and "Vincent" by Bernard Rands at IU Opera Theater.
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 an extensive discography including the symphonies and piano concerti of Martinu, music of Liszt, MacDowell and Ippolitov- Ivanov as well as a Rossini CD with Vesselina Kasarova and Juan Diego Florez. Forthcoming on Naxos is "Vincent" by Bernard Rands as well as the first studio recording of David Diamond's Symphony 6.

Born in New York, Mr. Fagen 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. He also served as assistant of Christoph von Dohnanyi (Frankfurt Opera) and James Levine (Metropolitan Opera).


ARTHUR FAGEN

CONDUCTOR

Arthur Fagen is Music Director of The Atlanta Opera and Chair of Orchestral Conducting at Indiana University