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"One of the most beautiful young lyric voices around"

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"One of the most beautiful young lyric voices around"

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nick listed in wqxr’s 40 singers under 40 to watch this season

Nicholas Phan, tenor, is one of the most gifted and thoughtful recitalists of his generation, singing classics by Schubert, Brahms and Vaughan Williams, as well as new works by living composers who are inspired by his artistry. He also excels in opera, especially Handel, and adds Jeptha to his repertory this season. He will also sing Candide in Israel. Phan recently performed live in the Greene Space at New York Public Radio.”

- WQXR

Nick opens 18/19 season curating and performing at caic’s collaborative works festival

 photo by Elliot Mandel

photo by Elliot Mandel

“Along with its praiseworthy efforts to keep the flame of art song performance burning brightly in the Midwest, the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago has enlarged its purview to include the creation of new American vocal music.

The opening concert of the organization’s seventh annual Collaborative Works Festival Wednesday evening at the Poetry Foundation brought its first co-commission: a new song cycle by Missy Mazzoli, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s latest Mead composer-in-residence, who began her two-year tenure in July. Commissioned at the behest of tenor Nicholas Phan, CAIC’s artistic director, in partnership with the Laguna Beach Music Festival, Songs from the Operas was receiving its Midwestern premiere….The three arias Mazzoli adapted for the cycle come from her most recent operas, the acclaimed Breaking the Waves and Proving Up, both with librettos by Royce Vavrek…the cycle, sensitively and insightfully sung by Phan, and ably supported by CAIC education director Shannon McGinnis at the piano, violinist Yvonne Lam and violist Rose Armbrust Griffin, revealed a distinctive lyrical gift and natural feel for the voice and how it can conjure mood and place, sometimes through the most subtle and delicate means. The vocal lines tend toward text-driven declamation, with expressive melismatic tracery over open tonal harmonies – rising at times to powerful climaxes the tenor and his colleagues drove home with impassioned force. (Phan’s superb technique allows him to shift registers with seamless finesse and no loss of smooth tonal finish.)…”

- Chicago Classical Review

 photo by Elliot Mandel

photo by Elliot Mandel

“When it comes to performing art songs, name recognition and operatic success really don’t mean much. What matters is finding a singer who understands the particular demands of art song, is committed to the art form, and does not treat it as a mere dalliance. The Collaborative Arts Institute found just such performers for this concert, including Phan, who is precisely such an involving artist in this repertoire

…More than holding its own with these two classic song cycles was Missy Mazzoli’s Songs from the Operas, which are exactly what the title suggests…This piece, the Collaborative Arts Institute’s first co-commission, consists of three tenor arias from two of her three operas – Proving Up and Breaking the Waves (winner of the 2017 MCANA  Award for Best New Opera in North America)…By pulling these from one context into another, Mazzoli blurs the lines between opera and art song – giving the arias an intimacy that simply would not be possible on the opera stage. As this Midwest premiere of the work made clear, she has an obvious knack for writing for voice, using the tenor’s full range and frequently pushing it into falsetto. At times, she adorned the vocal lines with fascinating, bel canto-like ornamentations, emphasizing certain words, as she does in the stanza “Miles and Nore, Proving Up!” Phan dove into these arias with gusto and drew the maximum effect from each…Art song is one of the great treasures of classical music, and the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago deserves kudos for keeping it wonderfully alive and vibrant.

- Classical Voice North America

Nicholas Phan Launches Season with Chicago’s Collaborative Works Festival (Sep 5-8); Then Role Debut in Perséphone with SF Symphony, Title Role Debut in Jephtha, and Israeli Debut Headlining Candide

Described by the Boston Globe as “one of the world’s most remarkable singers,” tenor Nicholas Phan once again launches his new season in Chicago, where he curates the seventh Collaborative Works Festival (Sep 5-8). Presented annually by Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago (CAIC) – the organization Phan co-founded in 2010 and of which he continues to serve as artistic director – this year’s three-day festival, “The Song as Drama,” examines the narrative power of the song cycle and the ability of song to tell epic stories with minimal forces. Other highlights of Phan’s 2018-19 season include three key firsts: his role debut as Eumolpe in Stravinsky’s Perséphone with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony (Sep 21-23), his title role debut in Handel’s Jephtha with Boston Baroque and Martin Pearlman (March 8 & 10), and his Israeli debut headlining Bernstein’s Candide with Marin Alsop and the Israel Philharmonic (Jan 2 & 4). The tenor returns to a host of leading U.S. ensembles, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the symphony orchestras of ChicagoDallasCincinnatiSt. Louisand Colorado. Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin figures prominently in his upcoming programming, starting with the world premierepresentation of a new orchestral arrangement of the cycle by Antoine Plante, founder of Mercury, the Houston-based orchestra with which Phan performs it (Nov 17). A celebrated recording artist, the tenor will also be heard on two new releases: in Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette, recorded with Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony last June, and as both Simeon and Judah in Handel’s Joseph and His Brethren, recorded with Philharmonia Baroque and Nicholas McGegan last December...  (read more)

NICK PERFORMS SONG CYCLES BY BRITTEN & FINZI WITH L'ORCHESTRE D'AUVERGNE in France

"Certes « la voix n'a pas à briller, mais à toucher » mais puisque Nicholas Phan offre les deux… Le ténor américain, charismatique, n'est pas loin d'être ce qui se fait de mieux au monde dans cette musique qui exige d'avoir une corde vocale à Bayreuth, l'autre à Broadway. Une voix d'une grande expressivité qui s'appuie sur la virtuosité utile et la sonorité riche du corniste Hugues Viallon.

Un véritable plaisir et une poésie en compagnie du ténor qui se prolongent avec la beauté évidente de Farewell to arms de Gérald Finzi..."

("Certainly " the voice does not have to shine, but to touch " but since Nicholas Phan offers both... the American Tenor, charismatic, is not far from being the best in the world in this music that requires one to have one vocal cord in Bayreuth, the other on Broadway. A voice of great expressiveness, which is blends with virtuosity and the rich sound of Horn player Hugues Viallon.

A real pleasure and a poetry in the company of the tenor was prolonged with the evident beauty of Farewell to Arms by Gerald Finzi.")

   - La Montagne

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UPCOMING DATES


"A star in the making...exquisitely artful"

THe Sunday TImes (London)

UPCOMING DATES


"A star in the making...exquisitely artful"

THe Sunday TImes (London)

UPCOMING APPEARANCES

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SOCIAL MEDIA


"A Bright, confident tenor"

- The FInancial Times

SOCIAL MEDIA


"A Bright, confident tenor"

- The FInancial Times

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