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Tenor Nicholas Phan’s Summer and Fall Brim with Britten

Tenor Nicholas Phan’s Summer and Fall Brim with Britten

As “a major new Britten interpreter” (New York Times) with two hit Britten albums to his name, tenor Nicholas Phan is set to be a prime mover in this year’s celebrations of the English composer’s centennial. 

Summer sees Phan undertake the Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings at Portland’s Chamber Music Northwest (July 22 & 23) and, with Eric Jacobsen and The Knights, at a Naumburg Orchestral Concert in New York’s Central Park (July 30) and the Ravinia Festival (Sep 3). While at Ravinia, Phan also stars as Nebuchadnezzar in The Burning Fiery Furnace with Chicago Symphony soloists led by James Conlon (Aug 17). He features Canticle I on a recital with Idaho’s Sun Valley Summer Symphony (July 28) and at the Oregon Bach Festival (July 1), where he also sings “Now, the Great Bear” from Peter Grimes (July 2).

The tenor’s focus on Britten shows no sign of abating in the fall. In September, besides performing at what the New York Times calls “Trinity Wall Street’s ambitious Britten festival,” he will preside over the 2013 Collaborative Works Festival, “The Heart of the Matter: 100 Years of Benjamin Britten.” On a five-stop U.S. tour and again in Istanbul, Phan and pianist Myra Huang will perform a Britten/Schubert recital program inspired by their second Avie Records album, Still Falls the Rain – named one of the “Best of 2012” by the New York Times. Late fall brings reprises of the Serenade with two Canadian orchestras – theToronto and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphonies – and the tenor’s first appearances in the War Requiem, with Marin Alsop leading the Baltimore Symphony.  As Phan explained to Stuart Isacoff in a “Masterpiece” feature about the War Requiem in the Wall Street Journal, “I don’t think there is any other composer who set the English language better to music.  He has the ability to lift the words off the page. He almost makes the poetry shine in a better light than when it is spoken.”

In the meantime, Phan’s other summer highlights include the world premiere of a new commission from Ray Lustig at the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington in Kentucky (Aug 25); Stravinsky’s rarely-heard one-act opera Mavra, with the American Symphony Orchestra at New York’s Bard Music Festival(Aug 11); and three choral masterworks – Beethoven’s Missa solemnis and Bach’s St. John Passion and Mass in B minor – with legendary choral conductorHelmuth Rilling at the Oregon Bach Festival (June 28–July 14).

Phan was recently featured as the subject of an Opera News “Take Five” interview. A video clip of his responses to the five questions posed by the magazine is available here.  The Connecticut-born, Michigan-raised tenor documents his journey as a musician in his blog, grecchinois.blogspot.com. As Phan explains, “I sing. I travel. I am half Greek and half Chinese – thus, the blog’s name, a combination of the two nationalities in French.” Additional information about Nicholas Phan, including a complete biography, is available at the artist’s website: www.nicholas-phan.com.

 

Nicholas Phan: upcoming engagements

 

June 28 

Eugene, OR

Silva Concert Hall

Oregon Bach Festival / Helmuth Rilling

Beethoven: Missa solemnis

 

July 1

Eugene, OR

Beall Concert Hall

Oregon Bach Festival

Britten: Canticle I: My Beloved is Mine

 

July 1, 3, 5 & 8

Eugene, OR

Soreng Theater

Oregon Bach Festival / Helmuth Rilling

Bach: St. John Passion (Discovery Series)

 

July 2 

Eugene, OR

Silva Concert Hall

Oregon Bach Festival / Matthew Halls

Britten: “Now, the Great Bear” from Peter Grimes

 

July 6 

Eugene, OR

Silva Concert Hall

Oregon Bach Festival / Matthew Halls

Mendelssohn: Psalm 95: Kommt, lasst uns anbeten, Op. 46

 

July 10

Eugene, OR

Silva Concert Hall

Oregon Bach Festival / Helmuth Rilling

Bach: St. John Passion

 

July 12

Portland, OR

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Oregon Bach Festival / Helmuth Rilling

Bach: Mass in B minor

 

July 14

Eugene, OR

Silva Concert Hall

Oregon Bach Festival / Helmuth Rilling

Bach: Mass in B minor

 

July 18 

Portland, OR

Kaul Auditorium

Chamber Music Northwest

Britten: selected songs

Mendelssohn: selected songs

 

July 22 

Portland, OR

Kaul Auditorium

Chamber Music Northwest

Britten: Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings

 

July 23

Portland, OR

Catlin Gabel School

Chamber Music Northwest

Britten: Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings

 

July 28

Sun Valley, ID

Sun Valley Summer Symphony

Bach: “Ich traue seiner Gnaden” from Cantata 97

Britten: Canticle I: My Beloved is Mine

Handel: “Descend, Kind Pity” from Theodora

 

July 30 

New York, NY

Central Park

The Knights / Eric Jacobsen

Britten: Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings

 

Aug 11 

Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

Bard Music Festival

American Symphony Orchestra / Leon Botstein

Stravinsky: Mavra (The Hussar)

 

Aug 17

Highland Park, IL

Trinity Episcopal Church

Ravinia Festival

Soloists from the Chicago Symphony / James Conlon

Britten: The Burning Fiery Furnace (Nebuchadnezzar)

 

Aug 23

Lexington, KY

Fasig-Tipton Pavilion

Chamber Music Festival of Lexington

Vaughan Williams: Merciless Beauty

Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge

 

Aug 24

Lexington, KY

Fasig-Tipton Pavilion

Chamber Music Festival of Lexington

Schubert: selections from Schwanengesang

R. Lustig: World Premiere Commission

 

Aug 25

Lexington, KY

Fasig-Tipton Pavilion

Chamber Music Festival of Lexington

Schubert: selections from Schwanengesang

 

Sep 3

Highland Park, IL

Martin Theater

Ravinia Festival

The Knights / Eric Jacobsen

Britten: Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings

 

Sep 5

New York, NY

Trinity Wall Street

Novus NY / Julian Wachner

Britten: Nocturne

 

Sep 11

Chicago, IL

Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago

Collaborative Works Festival

Britten: The Heart of the Matter

 

Sep 12

Chicago, IL

Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago

Collaborative Works Festival

Britten: Canticle II: Abraham and Isaac

 

Sep 15

Chicago, IL

Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago

Collaborative Works Festival

Beethoven: selected Folk Song arrangements

 

Sep 21

New York, NY

Trinity Wall Street

Britten/Schubert Still Falls the Rain recital

with Jennifer Montone, horn; Myra Huang, piano; Sivan Magen, harp

 

Oct 18

Chicago, IL

Mandel Hall

University of Chicago Presents

Britten/Schubert Still Falls the Rain recital

with Gail Williams, horn; Myra Huang, piano; Sivan Magen, harp

 

Oct 19

Kalamazoo, MI

Dalton Center

Fontana Chamber Arts

Britten/Schubert Still Falls the Rain recital

with Gail Williams, horn and Myra Huang, piano

 

Oct 23

Istanbul, Turkey

CCR Concert Hall

Britten/Schubert Still Falls the Rain recital

with Myra Huang, piano

 

Oct 31–Nov 2

Toronto, Canada

Roy Thomson Hall

Toronto Symphony Orchestra / Peter Oundjian

Britten: Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings

Orff: Carmina Burana

 

Nov 9

Atlanta, GA

Spivey Hall

Spivey Hall Concert Series

Britten/Schubert Still Falls the Rain recital

with Myra Huang, piano

 

Nov 15 & 16

Baltimore, MD

Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

Baltimore Symphony / Marin Alsop

Britten: War Requiem

 

Nov 17

Bethesda, MD

Music Center at Strathmore

Baltimore Symphony / Marin Alsop

Britten: War Requiem

 

Nov 22 & 23

Charlotte, NC

Belk Theater

Charlotte Symphony / Scott Allen Jarrett

Bach: St. Matthew Passion (Evangelist)

 

Nov 29 & 30

Waterloo, Canada

The Center in the Square Theater

Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony / Edwin Outwater

Britten: Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings

 

www.nicholas-phan.com

 

www.facebook.com/nicholasphantenor

 

www.twitter.com/grecchinois

 

www.grecchinois.blogspot.com

 

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