ABOUT


"the young american tenor possesses

a lyric instrument of exceptional quality"

- Opera news

biography

Named one of NPR’s “Favorite New Artists of 2011,” American tenor Nicholas Phan is increasingly recognized as an artist of distinction. Praised for his keen intelligence, captivating stage presence and natural musicianship, he performs regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and opera companies. Also an avid recitalist, in 2010 he co-founded the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago (CAIC) to promote art song and vocal chamber music.

In the 2016/2017 season, Mr. Phan returns to the Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. He also appears twice with Bach Collegium Japan, and makes both his role debut as the title role in Oedipus Rex with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra of London at Cal Performances and his recital debut at the Wigmore Hall in London. As Artistic Director of Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago, he will also curate and perform in the organization's fifth annual Collaborative Works Festival, a vocal chamber music festival held in venues throughout Chicago.  

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, 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, 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, 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 JohnsonMyra Huang, Roger Vignoles and Alessio Bax; violinist James Ehnes; guitarist Eliot Fisk; and horn players Jennifer Montone, Radovan Vlatkovic and Gail Williams. In both recital and chamber concerts, he has been presented by Carnegie 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, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the University of Chicago and the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.

Mr. Phan's many opera credits include appearances with the Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Glimmerglass Festival, Chicago Opera TheaterSeattle Opera, Portland Opera, Glyndebourne Opera, Maggio Musicale in Florence,  Deutsche Oper am Rhein, and Frankfurt Opera. His growing repertoire includes the title roles in Acis and Galatea and Candide, 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, A Painted Tale, was named one of the Best Classical Albums of 2015 by the Chicago Tribune. His first two solo albums, Still Fall the Rain and Winter Words, both featuring the music of Benjamin Britten, made many best of” lists, including those of the New York Times, New Yorker, and Boston Globe. Phan’s growing discography also includes a Grammy-nominated recording of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella with Pierre Boulez and the Chicago Symphony, Scarlatti's La gloria di Primavera with Nicholas McGegan and Philharmonia Baroque, the opera L’Olimpiade with the Venice Baroque Orchestra, and the world premiere recording of Elliott Carter’s orchestral song cycle, A Sunbeam’s Architecture.