Nicholas Phan - Count Almaviva
Portland Opera Debut
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 makes his Glyndebourne Opera debut as Fenton in Falstaff. He also makes his debut in Dusseldorf as Lindoro in L’Italiana in Algeri. Other notable debuts have included the New York City Opera as Damon in Acis and Galatea, the Los Angeles Opera in L’incoronazione di Poppea, the Chicago Opera Theater in Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, the Arizona Opera as Lindoro, the Atlanta Opera in I Pagliacci, and in Europe as Lindoro at Opera de Lille and Don Polidoro in a new production of 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.
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.