Nicholas Phan Tenor
Named one of National Public Radio’s Favorite New Artists of 2011, Nicholas Phan continues to distinguish himself as one of the most compelling young tenors appearing on the prestigious concert and opera stages of the world today.
This season, Mr. Phan appears in concert with the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Alabama Symphony and the Lucerne Symphony. Other concert appearances this season include performances at Carnegie Hall, the National Arts Center in Ottawa, and the Washington National Cathedral. He also returns to the Portland Opera as Fenton in Falstaff and makes his debut at the Bolshoi in a concert performance of Handel’s Hercules.
Mr. Phan has appeared with many of the leading orchestras in the United States and Great Britain, including the BBC Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Les Violons du Roy, English Chamber Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has also toured extensively throughout Europe with Il Complesso Barocco and appeared with the Edinburgh, Ravinia, Rheingau, Saint-Denis and Marlboro music festivals, and at the BBC Proms. Among the conductors he has worked with are Harry Bicket, Pierre Boulez, James Conlon, Alan Curtis, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Jane Glover, Manfred Honeck, Bernard Labadie, Nicholas McGegan, Zubin Mehta, John Nelson, Helmuth Rilling, David Robertson and Michael Tilson Thomas. In recital, he has been presented by Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the University of Chicago.
An avid proponent of vocal chamber music, he has collaborated with pianists Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode, Jeremy Denk, Cecile Licad and Principal Horn of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Jennifer Montone, among others. He is also the Artistic Director of the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago, a Chicago-based organization devoted to promoting the teaching, performance and development of the vocal chamber music repertoire.
Also considered one of the rising young stars of the opera world, Mr. Phan recently made his debut with the Seattle Opera as Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia. Other recent opera performances have included his debuts at the Glyndebourne Opera and the Maggio Musicale in Florence, as well as appearances with the New York City Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Atlanta Opera, Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf, Chicago Opera Theater, Opéra de Lille and Frankfurt Opera. His growing repertoire includes the title roles in Acis and Galatea and Candide, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and Lurcanio in Ariodante.
Mr. Phan’s first solo album, Winter Words, made many “Best of 2011” lists including those of the New York Times, The New Yorker, Time Out New York, Boston Globe and the Toronto Star. His growing discography includes the Grammy-nominated recording of Stravinksy’s Pulcinella with Pierre Boulez and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; a recording of the opera, L’Olimpiade, with the Venice Baroque Orchestra; and his newly released second solo album, Still Falls the Rain.
A graduate of the University of Michigan, Mr. Phan is the 2012 recipient of the Paul C Boylan Distinguished Alumni Award. He also studied at the Manhattan School of Music and the Aspen Music Festival and School, and is an alumnus of the Houston Grand Opera Studio and the Glimmerglass Opera Young American Artists Program. He was the recipient of a 2006 Sullivan Foundation Award and 2004 Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation.