Nicholas Phan

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Nicholas Phan is an American lyric tenor who has performed internationally with orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and others. Born to a Chinese Indonesian father and Greek American mother, He grew up in Ann Arbor, MI where he attended Greenhills School, then he studied voice at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, then the Manhattan School of Music. He is also an alumnus of the Houston Grand Opera Studio and the Marlboro Music School. He has been called "one of the world's most remarkable singers" by the Boston Globe.[1]

Phan's many opera credits include appearances with the Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Glimmerglass Festival, Chicago Opera Theater, Seattle Opera, Portland Opera, Glyndebourne Opera, Maggio Musicale in Florence, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, and Frankfurt Opera. His 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.[2]

Phan's discography includes five studio albums, including two focusing on the works of Benjamin Britten, for which he was called "a major new Britten interpreter" by Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times.[3] He also recorded the world premier of Elliott Carter's A Sunbeam's Architecture to commemorate Carter's 103rd birthday.[4] and has been featured in recordings of many orchestral and ensemble works. He has been nominated twice for a Grammy Award: first for his 2010 recording of Stravinsky's Pulcinella with Pierre Boulez and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and most recently in 2017 for Gods and Monsters, his recording of selected German Lieder with Myra Huang.[5]

Phan is the founding artistic director of Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago.[6] and on the faculty of the DePaul University School of Music.


  • Illuminations: Britten, Debussy, Fauré, with Myra Huang, Telegraph Quartet, the Knights Chamber Orchestra. Avie Records (2018)
  • Bach: St. John Passion, as Evangelist with Apollo's Fire, Jeannette Sorrell, Amanda Forsythe, Terry Wey, Christian Immler, Jesse Blumberg and Jeffrey Strauss. Avie Records (2017)
  • Gods & Monsters, with Myra Huang. Avie Records (2017)
  • A. Scarlatti: La Gloria di Primavera. with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan, Diana Moore, Suzana Ograjensek, Clint van der Linde, Douglas Williams, Philharmonia Chorale. (2016)
  • A Painted Tale, with Michael Leopold, Ann-Marie Morgan. Avie Records (2015)
  • Schubert: Die Verschworenen, with Leon Botstein, Camilla Zamorra, Nathan Stark, Deanna Breiwick, Matthew Tuell, American Symphony Orchestra. (2014)
  • St Matthew Passion (DVD). with the Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Schola Cantorum of Oxford, Maîtrise de Paris, John Nelson, Lucy Crowe, Matthew Brook, Bertrand Grunewald, Werner Güra, Stephen Morscheck & Christine Rice. EuroArts (2013)
  • Still Falls the Rain, with Myra Huang, Alan Cumming, Jennifer Montone, Sivan Magen. Avie Records (2012)
  • Carter: 103rd Birthday Concert with Ryan McAdams, Marie Tachouet, Stephen Taylor, Charles Neidich, Virgil Blackwell, Peter Kolkay, Jim Pugh, Stephen Gosling, Mike Truesdell, Gordon Gottlieb, Aaron Boyd, Miranda Cuckson & Tai Murray. NMC Digital (2011)
  • Britten: Winter Words, Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, with Myra Huang. Avie Records (2011)
  • Stravinsky: Pulcinella. with Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Boulez, Roxana Constantinescu, Kyle Ketelsen. CSO Resound (2010)


  1. ^ "Tenor Nicholas Phan shines in Musicians from Marlboro concert - The Boston Globe". Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  2. ^ "ABOUT". Nicholas Phan. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  3. ^ Tommasini, Anthony (7 June 2013). "Britten at 100: An Original's Legacy". Retrieved 25 April 2018 – via
  4. ^ Tommasini, Anthony (6 November 2012). "Elliott Carter, Composer and Master of 'Gear Shifting'". Retrieved 25 April 2018 – via
  5. ^ "Grammy Awards 2011: Winners and nominees for 53rd Grammy Awards". Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  6. ^ Schweitzer, Vivien (2 August 2013). "The Tenor Nicholas Phan Talks of Britten and Social Media". Retrieved 25 April 2018 – via

Nicholas Phan website
Nicholas Phan blog
Musical Review: Nicholas Phan Embodies the Perfect Benjamin Britten Tenor
SF Chronicle: CD review: 'Winter Words,' Britten