Arthur Fagen has been the Music Director of the Atlanta Opera since 2010. Mr. Fagen is in great demand as a conductor of symphony and opera in Europe, Asia, South America, and the United States. His is a regular guest of the most prestigious opera, concert halls, and music festivals at home and abroad.
With an operatic repertoire that spans more than 90 works, he has been the Principal Conductor in Kassel and Brunswick, Chief Conductor of the Flanders Opera of Antwerp and Ghent, Music Director of the Queens Symphony Orchestra and a member of the conducting staff of the Chicago Lyric Opera. From 2002/2007 Mr. Fagen was the Music Director of the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dortmund Opera, with which he toured through Holland, Belgium, Austria and China.
In addition to many operatic productions, Mr. Fagen conducted the Israel Sym-phony Orchestra, Holland Sinfonia, Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Dortmunder Philharmoniker, Sicily and Rome’s Symphony Orchestras.
Mr. Fagen has recorded for BMG, Bayerischer Rundfunk, SFB and WDR Cologne, and has enjoyed a long-term relationship with Naxos label.
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 at the Salzburg Mozarteum with Hans Swarowsky. A former assistant of both Christoph von Dohnanyi (Frankfurt Opera) and James Levine (Metropolitan Opera), Mr. Fagen’s career has appeared regularly at the Vienna State Opera, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Metropolitan Opera, Munich State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Staatsoper Berlin, New York City Opera, Theatre Capitole de Toulouse, Bordeaux Opera, Frankfurt Opera, Staatstheater Stuttgart, New Israeli Opera, Baltimore Opera, Edmonton Opera, Spoleto Festival, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Stadttheater Bozen among others. On the concert podium, Mr. Fagen has appeared with internationally known orchestras including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Deutsche Kammer-philharmonie, 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 Or-chestra, to name but a few.
Mr. Fagen is Professor of Orchestral Conducting at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University