Two Key Firsts on Horizon for Tenor Nicholas Phan as He Sings Tamino in Boston and Makes Debut at Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

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Two Key Firsts on Horizon for Tenor Nicholas Phan as He Sings Tamino in Boston and Makes Debut at Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Praised by the Baltimore Sun as “one of the most eloquently communicative tenors on the scene today,” Nicholas Phan makes two key debuts this spring, beginning in April with his first Tamino in Mozart’s The Magic Flute with Boston Baroque and its music director, Martin Pearlman, at Boston’s Jordan Hall (April 15, 16). The following month, he makes his debut at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center singing Schubert’s Auf dem Strom (May 3) before reuniting with the Philharmonia Baroque and Nicholas McGegan for performances as Inverno (Winter) in the New York premiere of Scarlatti’s serenata La gloria di Primavera (May 6). Earlier this season Phan recorded the Scarlatti with these same forces, and the album is slated for release today, Friday, April 8. An early review in San Francisco Classical Voice calls the recording, “simply superb,” noting, “Tenor Nicholas Phan sings marvelously, with great strength and heroic timbre.” Additional performances will follow next month in Costa Mesa, CA (May 10) and this summer at the Tanglewood Festival in Lenox, MA (Aug 25). A third performance by Phan in New York City this spring pairs him with The Knights and violinist Colin Jacobsen for the U.S. premiere of Nico Muhly’s Impossible Things (June 9), part of the 2016 NY PHIL BIENNIAL.

Regarding his spring role debut as Tamino, Phan observes:

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.”

A strong advocate for vocal chamber music, Phan joins renowned horn player Radovan Vlatković and pianist Gloria Chien for his Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center debut on May 3. Schubert wrote his Auf dem Strom (“On the River”) for Tenor, Horn, and Piano in the last year of his all-too-short life as a tribute to his hero Beethoven, and gave its premiere on March 26, 1828 on the first anniversary of Beethoven’s death; it was the only concert Schubert ever gave devoted entirely to his own music. The text is a poem by Ludwig Rellstab that was originally given to Beethoven for musical setting, but he did not live long enough to accomplish the task.

Described by its composer as “a Valentine to Benjamin Britten,” Nico Muhly’s Impossible Things for Tenor, Violin and String Orchestra was commissioned by the Britten Sinfonia, Muziekcentrum Frits Philips and Tapiola Sinfonietta, and given its world premiere in January of 2010. The upcoming June 9 performance of the piece at the NY Phil BIENNIAL reunites Phan with The Knights for their third collaboration; previously the tenor performed Britten’s Serenade for tenor, horn and strings and De Falla’s El retablo del Maese Pedro with the chamber orchestra.

Other highlights for Phan this spring and summer include his first recital at the Oregon Bach Festival (June 24), where he returns for the fifth consecutive season; performances of Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Dallas Symphony under the direction of Nicholas Carter (April 28-May 1), in London with the Royal Philharmonic and Charles Dutoit (May 31), and at the Bravo! Vail Music Festival with the Dallas Symphony led by Hans Graf (June 29); an all-Britten program at the Princeton Festival (June 10); and a tour of Bach cantatas through the “Bach cities” of Weimar, Erfurt, Eisenach and Leipzig with the Weimar Bach Cantata Academy at the Thüringer Bachwochen festival, conducted by Helmuth Rilling (Aug 15-21).

A complete list of Phan’s spring and summer tour dates follows.

High-res photos can be downloaded here.

Nicholas Phan: Spring/Summer 2016 engagements

April 15 & 16

Boston, MA

Jordan Hall

Boston Baroque / Martin Pearlman

Mozart: The Magic Flute (Tamino)

April 28 – May 1

Dallas, TX

Meyerson Symphony Hall

Dallas Symphony / Nicholas Carter

Orff: Carmina Burana

May 3

New York, NY

Alice Tully Hall

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Schubert: Auf dem Strom

May 6

New York, NY

Carnegie Hall Presents

Zankel Hall

Philharmonia Baroque / Nicholas McGegan

Scarlatti: La gloria di Primavera (Inverno)

May 7

Purchase, NY

SUNY Purchase

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Schubert: Auf dem Strom

May 10

Costa Mesa, CA

Philharmonic Society of Orange County

Segerstrom Concert Hall

Philharmonia Baroque / Nicholas McGegan

Scarlatti: La gloria di Primavera (Inverno)

May 14 & 15

Minneapolis, MN

MacPhail Center for Music

Minnesota Bach Ensemble / Andrew Altenbach

Bach: selected arias

Handel: selected arias

May 31

London, England

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Charles Dutoit

Orff: Carmina Burana

June 9

New York, NY

NY Philharmonic BIENNIAL

Rose Theater – Jazz at Lincoln Center

The Knights / Eric Jacobsen

Muhly: Impossible Things (U.S. Premiere)

June 10

Princeton, NJ

Princeton Festival

Concordia Chamber Players

Britten: Canticle III – Still Falls the Rain

Britten: selected folk song arrangements

June 23

Eugene, OR

Silva Hall

Oregon Bach Festival / Matthew Halls

Bach: Mass in B minor

June 24

Eugene, OR

Beall Hall

Oregon Bach Festival 

Britten: Canticle I – My Beloved is Mine

Britten: Canticle III – Still Falls the Rain

Britten: selected folk song arrangements

Schubert: Auf dem Strom

Schubert: selected songs

David Riley, piano

TBD, horn

June 29

Vail, CO

Bravo! Vail Music Festival

Dallas Symphony Orchestra / Hans Graf

Orff: Carmina Burana

July 2

Eugene, OR

Silva Hall

Oregon Bach Festival / Matthew Halls

Bach: Magnificat

Aug 15

Weimar, GERMANY

Thüringer Bachwochen

Stadtkirche St. Peter und Paul

Weimar Bach Cantata Academy / Helmuth Rilling

Bach: Mass in G major, BWV 236

Aug 16

Weimar, GERMANY

Thüringer Bachwochen

Stadtkirche St. Peter und Paul

Weimar Bach Cantata Academy / Helmuth Rilling

Bach: Cantata 149 “Man singet mit Freuden vom Sieg”

Aug 17

Weimar, GERMANY

Thüringer Bachwochen

Stadtkirche St. Peter und Paul

Weimar Bach Cantata Academy / Helmuth Rilling

Bach: Cantata 130 “Herr Gott, dich loben alle wir”

Bach: Cantata 50 “Nun ist das Heil und die Kraft”

Aug 18

Weimar, GERMANY

Thüringer Bachwochen

Stadtkirche St. Peter und Paul

Weimar Bach Cantata Academy / Helmuth Rilling

Bach: Cantata 19 “Es erhub sich ein Streit”

Aug 19

Erfurt, GERMANY

Thüringer Bachwochen

Augustinerkloster

Weimar Bach Cantata Academy / Helmuth Rilling

Bach: Mass in G minor, BWV 235

Aug 20

Leipzig, GERMANY

Thüringer Bachwochen

Thomaskirche

Weimar Bach Cantata Academy / Helmuth Rilling

Bach: Mass in G major, BWV 236

Bach: Cantata 149 “Man singet mit Freuden vom Sieg”

Bach: Cantata 130 “Herr Gott, dich loben alle wir”

Bach: Cantata 19 “Es erhub sich ein Streit”

Aug 21

Eisenach, GERMANY

Thüringer Bachwochen

Georgenkirche

Weimar Bach Cantata Academy / Helmuth Rilling

Bach: Mass in G major, BWV 236

Bach: Cantata 149 “Man singet mit Freuden vom Sieg”

Bach: Cantata 130 “Herr Gott, dich loben alle wir”

Bach: Cantata 19 “Es erhub sich ein Streit”

Aug 25

Lenox, MA

Tanglewood Music Festival

Ozawa Hall

Philharmonia Baroque / Nicholas McGegan

Scarlatti: La gloria di Primavera (Inverno)

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