Nicholas Phan studied at the University of Michigan, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Aspen Music Festival and School. He made his operatic debut in the Young American Artist Program at Glimmerglass Opera and he was also a member of the Wolf Trap Opera. Mr. Phan has appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony, and the Chicago and Saint Louis symphonies, and at the Edinburgh, Ravinia, Rheingau, and Marlboro music festivals. His recital appearances include the Marilyn Horne Foundation’s On Wings of Song series, the BBC Proms, the Bard Music Festival, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Mr. Phan first appeared with the San Francisco Symphony in 2009, and returned here most recently in March 2011, performing J.S. Bach’s Mass in B minor.
This season, Mr. Phan appears in concert with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras, and the Alabama, Cincinnati, and Lucerne symphonies. Other concert appearances include performances at Carnegie Hall, the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and the Washington National Cathedral. He also returns to the Portland Opera as Fenton in Falstaff and makes his debut at the Bolshoi Opera in a concert performance of Handel’s Hercules. On the operatic stage, Mr. Phan recently made his debut with Seattle Opera as Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville. Other recent opera performances have included his debuts at the Glyndebourne Opera and the Maggio Musicale in Florence, as well as appearances with the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf, Opéra de Lille, and the Frankfurt, New York City, Los Angeles, and Atlanta operas. His growing repertory includes the title roles in Handel’s Acis and Galatea and Bernstein’s Candide, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, and Lurcanio in Handel’s Ariodante.
Nicholas Phan’s discography includes the world premiere recording of Evan Chambers’s orchestral song cycle, The Old Burying Ground, the Baroque pastiche opera L’Olimpiade with the Venice Baroque Orchestra, and a Grammy-nominated recording of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella with Pierre Boulez and the Chicago Symphony. His solo albums, Winter Words and Still Falls the Rain, both featuring music of Britten, were released on Avie Records. Mr. Phan is Artistic Director of the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago, and has received honors including a 2004 Richard F. Gold Career Grant, a 2006 Sullivan Foundation Award, and the 2012 Paul C. Boylan Distinguished Alumni Award.