MAJOR MILESTONES AHEAD FOR TENOR NICHOLAS PHAN in 2016-2017 SEASON
"Praised by Opera News as 'one of the most beautiful young lyric voices around' and 'a singer who communicates with the immediacy of a contemporary singer-songwriter,' Nicholas Phan launches his 2016-17 season curating and singing at the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago’s fifth annual Collaborative Works Festival , of which he is Artistic Director. The 2016 Festival will focus on the influence of Paul Verlaine’s poetry on the realm of French mélodie and will feature performances by Phan and colleagues, including 2016 Beverly Sills Award winning soprano Ailyn Pérez, throughout Chicago from September 7-10. Among several important milestones for Phan this season is his debut in February at London’s famed Wigmore Hall, where he and his long-time recital partner, pianist Myra Huang, will present the program of his next solo album, Gods & Monsters, featuring German lieder inspired by fairy tales. In September, he will make his debut in Asia performing and recording Bach Cantatas with Masaaki Suzuki and Bach Collegium Japan in Kobe and Tokyo, returning to Tokyo in December to sing Handel’s Messiah with the same forces. Throughout the season he will give concerts with leading orchestras and conductors across America, including two programs with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the first of which will be with the orchestra’s music director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin; his title role debut in Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London and Esa-Pekka Salonen... " (read more)
NICK PROFILED IN CLEF NOTES CHICAGOLAND JOURNAL FOR THE ARTS
"One would think that performing in some of the world’s most prestigious concert arenas and music festivals just as a matter of course would be enough for any young tenor. But for Nicholas Phan, singing with the world’s greatest orchestras and working with leading conductors is his idea of just getting started. For Phan, passion for vocal music repertoire runs so deep that he and a few equally passionate artists decided to helm an arts education initiative aimed at attacking the dwindling list of vocal series on the crowded concert landscape..." (read more)
NICK PERFORMS THE US PREMIERE OF NICO MUHLY'S 'IMPOSSIBLE THINGS' AT THE NY PHIL BIENNIAL WITH COLIN JACOBSEN & THE KNIGHT
"The Knights also gave the American première of Nico Muhly’s song cycle “Impossible Things,” a rapt setting of poems by C. P. Cavafy, in Daniel Mendelsohn’s translation. Scored for tenor, violin, and ensemble, the piece inevitably recalls Britten’s magisterial cycles, most of all the Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings. But Muhly has found his own musical language, a lyricism underpinned by subtle tension, and it achieves uncanny alignment with the lights and shadows of Cavafy’s poetry. Nicholas Phan sang with extraordinary warmth of tone and clarity of diction. At the end, in curt, biting phrases, he delivered the line “By far the best life is the one that cannot be lived” over motoric arpeggios in the strings."
NICK's recording of Scarlatti's 'La gloria di primavera' with philharmonia baroque released APRIL 8
"Philharmonia Baroque’s recording of the North American premiere of Alessandro Scarlatti’s long forgotten serenata, La Gloria di Primavera, is simply superb....Tenor Nicholas Phan sings marvelously, with great strength and heroic timbre. The man has Messiah written all over him."
GRAMOPHONE - Editor's Choice July 2016
"Nicholas Phan’s precise florid passagework in ‘Di cieco orrore e d’ombra’ is one of Winter’s gutsier outbursts, although he also has the softly mellifluous ‘Sull’orme de’ grand’Avi’ (with a gentle pair of oboes)...McGegan’s experienced direction and the musical finesse of his Californian orchestra. This is a delightfully enjoyable revelation of the elder Scarlatti’s genius."