Nicholas Phan is quickly establishing himself as an important tenor among America's next generation of singers.
An accomplished recitalist and concert singer, Mr. Phan recently made his Edinburgh Festival debut in a concert performance of Macbeth, conducted by David Robertson. He has appeared with many of the leading orchestras in the United States, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (in Chicago and New York), San Francisco Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, San Diego Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, Music of the Baroque, and the Orchestra of St. Luke's. He has also appeared at the Ravinia, Rheingau and Marlboro music festivals. Mr. Phan recently made his in Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium) in a performance of a new piece commissioned by the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra. In recital, he has been presented by the prestigious Marilyn Horne Foundation in their annual On Wings of Song series, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and the University of Chicago.
This season Mr. Phan made his debuts at the Glyndebourne Opera as Fenton in Falstaf and in Dusseldorf as Lindoro in L'Italiana in Algeri. Upcoming engagements include his debuts at the Portland Opera and the Seattle Opera as Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, concerts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Pittsburgh Symphony, returns to the Ravinia and Marlboro festivals, and a recital in Carnegie Hall's Weill Hall. Recent engagements have included Acis and Galatea at the New York City Opera, L'incoronazione di Poppea at the Los Angeles Opera, Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patri at the Chicago Opera Theater, L'Italiana in Algeri at the Arizona Opera and Opera de Lille, and La Finta Semplice directed by Christoph Loy at the Frankfurt Opera. A graduate of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, Mr. Phan's appeared in many productions there including the world premieres of Daniel Catan's Salsipuedes and Mark Adamo's Lysistrata, and productions of Madama Butterfly, Falstaff, The Little Prince, Turandot, La Traviata, Lucia di Lammermoor Ariodante, and Die Zauberflöte. He made his professional operatic debut with Glimmerglass Opera as a member of their Young American Artist Program where his roles included Beppe in I Pagliacci and Licone in James Robinson's production of Orlando Paladino. Mr. Phan was also a member of the Wolf Trap Opera, where his roles included Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore. While there, he also appeared in recital with Steven Blier.
Mr. Phan's recording of Stravinksy's Pulcinella with Pierre Boulez and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra was recently released on the CSO Resound label.
A graduate of the University of Michigan, Mr. Phan also studied at the Manhattan School of Music and the Aspen Music Festival and School, and was the recipient of a 2006 Sullivan Foundation Award and 2004 Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation.