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…


A star in the making…exquisitely

The Sunday Times (London) 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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Nicholas appeared on WFMT’s afternoon series of live music and conversation, Impromptu, on September 8, 2014 to discuss the 2014 Collaborative Works Festival and perform a program of songs by Robert and Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms with pianist and fellow Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago co-founder, Shannon McGinnis. 

Click HERE to listen to the archived program!


Collaborative Works Festival a Glorious Blend of Old, New

“Of all the local musical visions thus far in the twentieth century, the one that tenor Nicholas Phan and his friends have had to make Chicago a center for resurgence of the song recital and other vocal chamber music certainly seemed an unlikely candidate to get past the category of a pipe dream…Yet here they were Thursday night before a full house in the Poetry Foundation’s acoustically brilliant jewel-box auditorium at Superior and Dearborn launching the third annual Collaborative Works Festival of their Collaborative Art Institute of Chicago. And doing so with beauty and accomplishment…Each singer excels and is committed to the demands and rewards of poetry, word-setting, language connection and immediate communication. And to have a full quartet meant that both a range of works and real rarities could be presented in the intermissionless 90-minute program. Phan wove together the themes and chronology with cheerily delivered, informative remarks from the stage…Performances were winning…”
- Chicago Sun-Times

Collaborative Works Festival Leads Off with Intimate Schumann Evening

“Now in its third year, the Collaborative Works Festival, which runs through Sunday, offers a rare chance for vocal-music lovers to immerse themselves in the art of the song. Held in an elegantly minimalist, glass-walled space in the Foundation’s building at 61 W. Superior, Thursday’s recital of songs by Robert Schumann was a typically sophisticated yet high-spirited CAIC affair. This year the festival’s theme is Schumann and Brahms, and Thursday’s recital explored the very happy early years of Robert Schumann’s marriage to the piano superstar Clara Wieck Schumann. Tenor Nicholas Phan, a co-founder of the institute, provided lively commentary that made us feel that we knew the young lovers personally. Rather than settling for a survey of Schumann’s greatest hits, the 90-minute program explored less familiar territory…Phan and his stellar colleagues–soprano Susanna Phillips, mezzo-soprano Kelly O’Connor, baritone Joshua Hopkins and pianist Myra Huang—brought a combination of impressive technique and emotional passion to every song…”
- Chicago Classical Review


“Fresh from a triumphant performance as Candide at the Tanglewood Festival, tenor Nicholas Phan launches his 2014-15 season in Chicago as Artistic Director of the Collaborative Works Festival, exploring the music of three great Romantics in “Love Songs: Clara Wieck, Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms.” Repertoire both earlier and more recent than the Romantic era rounds out a wide-ranging new season for the fast-rising Phan – “an artist who must be heard” (NPR) – highlighted by his return to the Cleveland Orchestra, as soloist in Bach’s monumental B-minor Mass with Franz Welser-Möst; his debut with the Dallas Symphony performing Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings; a program of Bach Cantatas at the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony Orchestra and Helmuth Rilling; and a return to Houston Grand Opera for Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. In March Phan returns to Carnegie Hall for his second solo recital, performing a pastiche song cycle of early English songs entitled A Painted Tale, which the tenor himself assembled and looks forward to recording for release in early 2015 on the Avie label…”
- 21C Media Group