Recently described by Opera News as “a singer who communicates with the immediacy of a contemporary singer-songwriter,” tenor Nicholas Phan launches his 2015-16 season singing at the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago, of which he has been Artistic Director since its founding in 2010. The 2015 Collaborative Works Festival, “American Spirit,” explores American composers’ and poets’ meditations on spirituality, and includes performances of songs by Ives, Copland, Barber, Bernstein, Hoiby, Rorem and Harbison. Soon after the Chicago festival, Phan sings and records the role of Inverno in Scarlatti’s La gloria di Primavera with the Philharmonia Baroque conducted by Nicholas McGegan in several California cities, including at Stanford’s Bing Concert Hall; he reprises the role in May in Costa Mesa and in New York at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall. In March, he embarks on another tour with an acclaimed early music ensemble, this time joining Apollo’s Fire for a North American tour of Bach’s St. John Passion, performing both the challenging role of the Evangelist and the tenor arias. Spring brings an important career milestone when he makes his role debut as Tamino in Mozart’s Magic Flute with Boston Baroque, performing and recording the work live in Jordan Hall. In the fall he gives a recital for the first time at the Library of Congress, and he makes his debut in May at New York’s Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
I’m always looking to make music that’s thought of as old sound new. This season, I look forward to continuing to look at older works with a fresh set of eyes and in innovative formats. Along with the many opportunities to revisit signature repertoire – like Bach’s Evangelists and Schubert Lieder – with new artistic partners, I’m most excited to be finally tackling Tamino in Mozart’s Magic Flute this season. I’ve wanted to sing the role for many years now, and it only feels right that my first foray in Tamino’s shoes will be with Boston Baroque, which has been so innovative in its approach to presenting opera throughout its 40-year history.
Nicholas Phan’s 2015-16 season highlights:
- Sep: Sings songs of Ives, Copland, Barber, Bernstein, Hoiby, Rorem and Harbison as part of 4th annual Collaborative Works Festival, of which he is Artistic Director, in Chicago [Sep 10, 12]
- Oct: Sings and records Inverno in Scarlatti La gloria di Primavera with Philharmonia Baroque conducted by Nicholas McGegan [Oct 4, 10: Berkeley; Oct 7: Stanford; Oct 9: San Francisco]
- Oct: Recital debut at Library of Congress, singing Schumann Dichterliebe and songs by Rorem, Britten & Bowles [Oct 17]
- Dec: Handel Messiah [Dec 3 – 6: with Kansas City Symphony; Dec 12: with Mercury Baroque in Houston]
- Jan: Recital debut at Sonoma State University, singing Schumann Dichterliebe and songs by Rorem, Heggie and Bowles [Jan 17]
- March: Evangelist and tenor arias in Bach St. John Passion with Apollo’s Fire [March 3: Bath, OH; March 4: Shaker Heights, OH; March 5: Cleveland; March 6: Rocky River, OH; March 13: Purchase, NY; March 15: Ann Arbor, MI; other dates TBA.]
- April: Role debut as Tamino in Magic Flute with Boston Baroque, performing and recording work live in Jordan Hall [April 15, 16]
- May: Debut at Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center singing Schubert Auf dem Strom [May 3: NYC; May 7: Purchase, NY]
- May: Spring leg of Scarlatti performances with Philharmonia Baroque [May 6: Zankel Hall; May 10: Costa Mesa, CA]