American 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.
This season, Mr. Phan returns to the New York City Opera as the title role in Endimione, and appears in concert with the Baltimore, St. Louis, Boston Baroque, Charlotte, Toronto, and Kitchener-Waterloo symphony orchestras. He will also be presented in recital by Spivey Hall and the Boston Celebrity series, and in Chicago, Rochester, Kalamazoo, and Istanbul.
Mr. Phan has appeared with many of the leading orchestras in the United States and Great Britain, including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Les Violons du Roy, BBC Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, and the Lucerne Symphony. He has also appeared in concert at the Bolshoi, toured extensively throughout Europe with Il Complesso Barocco, and appeared with in the Oregon Bach, Ravinia, Marlboro, Edinburgh, Rheingau, and Saint-Denis 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, Portland Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Atlanta Opera, Chicago Opera Theater,Deutsche Oper am
Rhein in Düsseldorf, 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, Fenton in Falstaff, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, and Lurcanio in Ariodante.
Mr. Phan’s most recent solo album, Still Fall the Rain (AVIE) was named one of the best classical recordings of 2012 by The New York Times. His first solo album, Winter Words (AVIE) was also critically acclaimed upon its release in 2011. His growing discography includes the Grammy-nominated recording of Stravinksy’s Pulcinella
with Pierre Boulez and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO Resound) and the opera L’Olimpiade with the Venice Baroque Orchestra (Naïve).
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.