The American tenor, Nicholas Phan, is a graduate of the University of Michigan. 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.
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. He has appeared with many of the leading orchestras in the USA and Great Britain, including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has also appeared with the Edinburgh, Ravinia, Rheingau, Saint-Denis, Bard and Marlboro music festivals, and at the BBC Proms. Among the conductors he has worked with are Harry Bicket, Pierre Boulez, James Conlon, Jane Glover, Manfred Honeck, Nicholas McGegan, Zubin Mehta, John Nelson, Helmuth Rilling, David Robertson, Patrick Summers, and Michael Tilson Thomas. In recital, he has been presented by Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and the University of Chicago.
An avid proponent of vocal chamber music, Nicholas Phan has collaborated with pianists Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode, Cecile Licad, and Principal Horn of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Jennifer Montone, among others. He is also the Artistic Director of 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, Nicholas 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, Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf, Chicago Opera Theater, Opéra de Lille, and Frankfurt Opera. Hisgrowing 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, Don Polidoro in La finta semplice, and Lurcanio in Ariodante.
Nicholas Phan begins the 2011-2012 season with performances of Lurcanio in George Frideric Handel’s Ariodante with Alan Curtis and his acclaimed orchestra, Il Complesso Barocco, in Turin and Bucharest, followed by his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra for Mozart’s Requiem. Other highlights of the season include performances with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, and National Symphony Orchestra; a further concert tour of Ariodante, including stops at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Theater an der Wien in Vienna, and the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid; a solo recital on the prestigious Philadelphia Chamber Music Society series; and a return to the Atlanta Opera for Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni. He will also return twice to Carnegie Hall this season - for J.S. Bach’s Magnificat (BWV 243) with Robert Spano and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and again for J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion (BWV 245) with Bernard Labadie and Les Violons du Roy.
Nicholas Phan’s first solo album, “Winter Words”, was released in the fall of 2011 by AVIE. His growing discography includes the Grammy-nominated recording of Igor Stravinsky’s Pulcinella with Pierre Boulez and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO Resound) and the world premiere recording of Evan Chambers’ orchestral song cycle, The Old Burying Ground (Dorian).