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Nicholas Phan

BM University of Michigan


Praised by National Public Radio as “an artist who must be heard,” American tenor Nicholas Phan continues to distinguish himself as one of the most compelling tenors appearing on the prestigious concert and opera stages of the world today. An artist with an incredibly diverse repertoire that ranges from Claudio Monteverdi to Nico Muhly and beyond, Phan performs regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and opera companies. He is also an avid recitalist and a passionate advocate for art song and vocal chamber music. In 2010, Phan co-founded Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago, an organization devoted to promoting this underserved corner of the classical music repertoire, where he serves as artistic director.

Mr. Phan has appeared with many of the leading orchestras in the North America and Europe, including the Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Philharmonia Baroque, Boston Baroque, Les Violons du Roy, BBC Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, Strasbourg Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra of London and the Lucerne Symphony. He has also toured extensively throughout the major concert halls of Europe with Il Complesso Barocco, and appeared with the Oregon Bach, Ravinia, Marlboro, Edinburgh, Rheingau, Saint-Denis and Tanglewood festivals, as well as the BBC Proms. Among the conductors he has worked with are Marin Alsop, Harry Bicket, Herbert Blomstedt, Pierre Boulez, James Conlon, Alan Curtis, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Charles Dutoit, Jane Glover, Manfred Honeck, Bernard Labadie, Louis Langrée, Nicholas McGegan, Zubin Mehta, John Nelson, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Helmuth Rilling, David Robertson, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Masaaki Suzuki, Michael Tilson Thomas and Franz Welser-Möst.

An avid proponent of vocal chamber music, he has collaborated with many chamber musicians, including pianists Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode, Jeremy Denk, Graham Johnson, Roger Vignoles, Myra Huang and Alessio Bax; violinist James Ehnes; guitarist Eliot Fisk; harpist Sivan Magen; and horn players Jennifer Montone, Radovan Vlatkovic and Gail Williams. In both recital and chamber concerts, he has been presented by Carnegie Hall, London's Wigmore Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Atlanta's Spivey Hall, Boston's Celebrity Series, The University of Chicago Presents, Cal Performances Berkeley, University Musical Society in Ann Arbor and the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.  He is also currently an artist-in-residence with San Francisco Performances.

Mr. Phan's many opera credits include appearances with the Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Glimmerglass Festival, Chicago Opera Theater, Seattle Opera, Portland Opera, Glyndebourne Opera, Maggio Musicale in Florence, Deutsche Oper am Rhein and Frankfurt Opera. His growing repertoire includes the title roles in Bernstein's "Candide," Stravinsky's "Oedipus Rex" and Handel's "Acis and Galatea," Almaviva in "Il barbiere di Siviglia," Nemorino in "L'elisir d'amore," Fenton in "Falstaff," Tamino in "Die Zauberflöte," Don Ottavio in "Don Giovanni" and Lurcanio in "Ariodante."

Phan's most recent solo album, "Gods and Monsters," was released to critical acclaim on Avie Records in January 2017. His first three solo albums, "A Painted Tale," "Still Fall the Rain" and "Winter Words," made many "best of" lists, including those of the New York Times, New Yorker, Chicago Tribune and Boston Globe. Phan's growing discography also includes a Grammy-nominated recording of Stravinsky's "Pulcinella" with Pierre Boulez and the Chicago Symphony, the opera "L'Olimpiade" with the Venice Baroque Orchestra, Scarlatti's "La gloria di Primavera" with Philharmonia Baroque, Bach's "St. John Passion" (in which he sings both the Evangelist as well as the tenor arias) with Apollo's Fire, Bach’s "St. Matthew Passion" with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, and the world premiere recordings of two orchestral song cycles: "The Old Burying Ground" by Evan Chambers and Elliott Carter's "A Sunbeam's Architecture."

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