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Atlanta Opera names Arthur Fagen music director

By Howard Pousner
hpousner@ajc.com

The Atlanta Opera has named Arthur Fagen, who has conducted frequently for the company, its new music director, it announced Monday.

Fagen will conduct up to two productions each season beginning in 2011-2012 and will be responsible for building and developing the Atlanta Opera Orchestra. His conducting credits for the company include “La Traviata,” “Turandot” and ”Cold Sassy Tree.”

“I am eager to be a part of this company as I believe it is poised for many more artistic triumphs,” said Fagen, an Indiana University professor of orchestral conducting, in a prepared statement.

Although the conductors and cast for the 2010-2011 season have already been selected, Fagen will work with general director Dennis Hanthorn in singer auditions, repertoire selection, and casting for future seasons.   

Fagen’s “vast experience as an opera and orchestral conductor combined with his leadership and artistic abilities will undoubtedly enhance the quality of future Atlanta Opera productions,” Hanthorn said.

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