Arthur Fagen makes his NCO conducting debut with Fidelio. He is the Carl & Sally Gable Music Director of The Atlanta Opera and Professor of Music in instrumental conducting at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington.
Mr. Fagen has conducted productions at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Bavarian State Opera (Munich), Deutsche Oper Berlin, Staatsoper Berlin, New York City Opera, Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, Bordeaux Opera, and Frankfurt Opera. On the concert podium, he has appeared with internationally acclaimed orchestras including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, the Czech Philharmonic, Munich Radio Orchestra, and Tokyo Philharmonic.
His conducting credits for The Atlanta Opera include performances of Turandot, Carlise Floyd’s Cold Sassy Tree, Philip Glass’s Akhnaten, Der fliegende Holländer, Die Zauberflöte, Faust, Madama Butterfly, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Salome, and Le nozze di Figaro, among many others. During the 2021-22 season he conducts Il barbiere di Siviglia for the company.
From 2002 through 2007, Mr. Fagen was the Music Director of the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dortmund Opera, where he conducted two complete cycles of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen. He has served as Principal Conductor in Kassel and Brunswick, as Chief Conductor of the Flanders Opera of Antwerp and Ghent, and as Music Director of the Queens Symphony Orchestra.
In recent seasons, he has conducted the Israel Symphony Orchestra, Holland Sinfonia, Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Dortmunder Philharmoniker, NDR Hannover in Braunschweig and Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Opéra de Nice. His recordings include the complete Martinu symphonies, William Dawson’s Negro Folk Symphony, Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsodies, and many more.