The tenor Nicholas Phan, with his sweet,
clear voice, is on a career roll.

The New York Times

...Phan sings with a fine mixture
of poetry and strength…

Gramophone

A star in the making…exquisitely
artful…

The Sunday Times (London)

...an artist who must be heard.

National Public Radio

...the ravishing beauty of
his tone lingered in the ear.

Chicago Sun-Times

...vocally and dramatically at the level
of the finest international artists.

Chicago Sun-Times

An uncommonly dulcet lyric tenor…

Chicago Tribune

...a bright, confident tenor…

The Financial Times

The young American tenor possesses a lyric
instrument of exceptional quality…

Opera News

The artist behind the voice takes
complete possession of the music…

The Philadelphia Inquirer

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NICK DEBUTS WITH THE BOSTON SYMPHONY AT TANGLEWOOD AS CANDIDE

“Tenor Nicholas Phan sang the title role as art song, intelligently mining the words to achieve great depth of feeling while never robbing the music of its sparkle. A seasoned Candide-ologist, I’ve never heard such a comprehensive characterization. It’s important, since no other characters show the scars inflicted by their adventures. Phan gave the show an anchor and a soul.”
- The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Leading the cast, tenor Nicholas Phan sang Candide with tonal purity and impeccable control…”
- Boston Globe

“Leading the marvelous cast was tenor Nicholas Phan as Candide. He sang with an open-faced innocence and note-perfect clarity. As his character’s travails wear on, his oh-so-gentle tone took on more edge and bite, which made the singing only more attractive.”
- Albany Times-Union

“For vocal excellence, highly-esteemed opera-house favorite Nicholas Phan (the only newcomer to Tovey’s cast) was an ideal Candide while soprano Anna Christy captured the essence of Cunegonde, the young lad’s love interest. Phan’s delicate, lyric tenor and sensitive phrasing created a sense of romantic ardor in his meditative soliloquies (‘It Must Be So’ and its reprise, ‘It Must Be Me’) and in Candide’s Lament. His wistful act two ‘Ballad of Eldorado’, with the TFC, summed up Candide’s quest for a peaceful oasis where he could live a simple farmer’s life with Cunegonde—an outcome of marital bliss foreshadowed in their frothy act one duet, ‘Oh Happy We.’”
- The Berkshire Eagle

NICK RETURNS TO THE OREGON BACH FESTIVAL FOR BACH, MONTEVERDI, MOZART, RACHMANINOV, & STRAUSS

Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610

“...A good group of solo singers was led by one great one, tenor Nicholas Phan, whose clarion timbre and passionate phrasing commanded attention every time he sang…”
- The Oregonian

Halls/Sackmann reconstruction of Bach’s St. Mark Passion

“...Tenor Nicholas Phan sang the Evangelist and an aria with dynamic variety, plaintive tone and occasional head voice over Halls on organ…Line of the night: After Jesus cries “Eli, Eli, lama asabthani?” the Evangelist translates: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Phan sang it with great tenderness…Best moment: Phan’s dramatic forte-to-pianissimo drop at “But Jesus cried aloud and died…”
- The Oregonian

“...The Evangelist must be the glue that holds the Passion drama together. As is traditional in almost all Passions, this “narrator” is a tenor who must sing a wide vocal and emotional range. Nicholas Phan has the voice and was superb in story telling and musicianship…”
- Oregon Arts Watch

NICK HEADLINES ‘CANDIDE’ AT TANGLEWOOD AND RETURNS TO THE OREGON BACH FESTIVAL THIS SUMMER

“This summer, Nicholas Phan – “an artist who must be heard” (National Public Radio) – returns to his roots, joining the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood to sing the title role in Bernstein’s Candide, the work that first inspired him to pursue a career in opera (Aug 16). In his third consecutive residency at the Oregon Bach Festival (June 26–July 10), the tenor takes part in performances of Vespers by Monteverdi and Rachmaninoff; Mozart’s Requiem, led by Festival Director Emeritus Helmuth Rilling; an evening of Strauss Lieder; and after proving himself “the standout among the vocal soloists” (New York Times) in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at Carnegie Hall last month, a reconstruction of the Baroque master’s St. Mark Passion. Phan also makes his Seattle Chamber Music Festival debut with Vaughan Williams and Brahms (July 18 & 21), and returns to New York’s Bard Music Festival, now celebrating its 25th anniversary season, to sing Schubert in recital and with members of the American Symphony Orchestra (Aug 8 & 10)...”
- 21C Media Group