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German Language Breakfast with The Atlanta Opera's Maestro Fagen

Join us for the return of the German Language Breakfast at the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta when we'll welcome The Atlanta Opera.


Don’t miss your chance to be close to the creative mind and cast of "Der Ring des Nibelungen - Das Rheingold" of the Atlanta Opera while enjoying breakfast.

Maestro and Atlanta Opera Music Director Arthur Fagen will be joined by Dr. Alexander Freund, trumpeter, and professor at GSU, and Kristinn Sigmundsson , the giant Fasolt. All three have a deep connection to Germany and the German language. They speak or sing German fluently or have lived and worked in Germany!
Learn about how the music dramas of Richard Wagner changed the face of music and had a staggering influence on the path of the 20th century.

Germanic mythology is the starting point for worlds of imagination that surround us today. Stories of The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, and even the current crop of Marvel superheroes grow from these roots. However, before any of these, the world of gods, dwarves, dragons, and a ring of power was created by Richard Wagner in his epic cycle of operas, Der Ring des Nibelungen. The first of the 4-opera cycle, Das Rheingold, will be performed by the Atlanta Opera this spring (April 29 – May 7).

Maestro Arthur Fagen will talk about his career conducting some of the world's most prestigious opera houses and his perspective on Wagner's "Das Rheingold", which he will be conducting at The Atlanta Opera. Maestro Fagen is fluent in German and has lived in Germany for many years.

If you're learning German, the language breakfast is the perfect chance for you to practice your skills with fellow students, friends, colleagues and Goethe staff in a relaxed environment.


Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta Members: $20 (see LINK BELOW to log into your account)
The Atlanta Opera Members: $20.00 (after discount code is applied at checkout)
Non-Members: $25.00

Please RSVP by using the registration link.

This is an event in the Goethe-Zentrum series "Flussläufte - Der Rhein / River Courses – The Rhine"


About the Speaker:
Arthur Fagen has been the Carl and Sally Gable music director at The Atlanta Opera since 2010 and continues to be in great demand as a conductor of symphony and opera both in Europe and the United States. He is a regular guest at the most prestigious opera houses, concert halls, and music festivals at home and abroad, and his career has been marked by a string of notable appearances including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Staatsoper Berlin, Munich State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and the New York City Opera.

From 1198 to 2001, Fagen was invited regularly to be guest conductor at the Vienna State Opera. On the concert podium, Fagen has appeared with internationally renowned orchestras, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic, Munich Radio Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, Orchestra de la Suisse Romande, Deustche Kammerphilharmonie, and the RAI Orchestras of Turin, Naples, Milan and Rome. From 2002 to 2007, he was the music director of the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra and Opera. In 2008, Fagen was appointed as professor at Indiana University in Bloomington.

A former assistant of Christoph von Dohnanyi (Frankfurt Opera) and James Levine (Metropolitan Opera), he 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 as member of the conducting staff of the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Fagen was born in New York and studied with Laszlo Halasz, Max Rudolf (Curtis Institute) and Hans Swarowsky. Fagen has an opera repertoire of more than 75 works and has recorded for Naxos and BMG. The recent Naxos recording of Martinus works was awarded Editor's Choice in the March 2010 issue of Gramaphone Magazine.


Associated Events:
April 23 - A Note on Opera "Das Rheingold"
April 30 - Film: "Wagner's Jews"
Please look for details in the links below