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Nick performs On ‘LIVE from WFMT’ on November 12, 2o18

Nick joins pianist Shannon McGinnis for a special recital program commemorating the 100th anniversary of the World War I Armistice on Live from WFMT on the evening of November 12, 2018. The program features songs from the World War I years by Lili & Nadia Boulanger, Claude Debussy, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Charles Ives, George Butterworth, and Ivor Gurney.

The broadcast begins at 8pm Central Time, and can be live streamed from WFMT’s website.

Nick appears on WORLD PREMIERE RECORDING of JOHN HARBISON’s REQUIEM WITH GIANCARLO GUERRERO & THE NASHVILLE SYMPHONY

“On October 12, 2018, Naxos will release the world premiere recording of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Harbison’s Requiem, performed by the Nashville Symphony and Chorus with conductor Giancarlo Guerrer and soprano Jessica Rivera, mezzo-soprano Michaela Martens, tenor Nicholas Phan and baritone Kelly Markgraf…

…Though the Requiem’s 2003 premiere was met with unanimous praise from critics and ‘standing-ovation enthusiam’ according to Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe, the work was never mounted again until Giancarlo Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony reintroduced the work to audiences at the 2017 performances, captured live for this release.

John Pitcher of the Nashville Scene and American Record Guide praised that performance in Nashville as “magnificent…Jessica Rivera’s voice soared effortlessly above the orchestra, and mezzo Michaela Martens seemingly enveloped every syllable in a downy cushion. Tenor Nicholas Phan and baritone Kelly Markgraf both sang with unfailing sensitivity to the meaning of the texts. The Nashville Symphony Chorus, expertly prepared by Tucker Biddlecombe, sang with beautifully blended sound. Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony supplied colorful, nuanced accompaniment.”

- Musical America

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

The Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago is on a mission. Now in its ninth season, the Institute has dedicated its considerable energy to the preservation of art song as a germane form for contemporary audiences. It’s working. The excitement at Chicago’s Poetry Foundation was palpable on Sept. 5 when the Institute kicked off its 2018 Collaborative Works Festival with a stirring program that featured a trio of accomplished singers. The diverse repertoire included the Midwest premiere of Missy Mazzoli’s new cycle ‘Songs from the Operas.’…

As Mazzoli is the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Mead Composer-in-Residence, anticipation was high at the Sept. 5 event. Crafted from excerpts from two of Mazzoli’s operas, the cycle was created at the request of the Institute artistic director, tenor Nicholas Phan, as a co-commission with Laguna Beach Music Festival… Mazzoli’s music is accessible and moving, and was delivered by Phan with astonishing technical acumen. There is an intriguing use of melisma sung over mildly dissonant violin (Yvonne Lam) and viola (Rose Armbrust Griffin).

The final song, ‘Who Owns the Land,’ found the tenor floating some ravishing tones above the staff, only to deliver an anguished cry that quickly fined away to a disquieting pianissimo…overall, these excerpted arias work beautifully as classic song, and stand as complete narrative entities. Mazzoli has made a significant contribution to song literature here.”

- Chicago On the Aisle

 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

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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)

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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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