The Diverse Identities of Nicholas Phan

May 8, 2021, 4:30 pm

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Portrait of Nicholas Phan in urban landscape wearing a black coat
Nicholas Phan photo by Clubsoda Productions.

Of Greek and Chinese heritage, Nicholas Phan is one of the few male Asian singers to have broken through the world of classical music as a performer and recording artist. The Grammy-nominated tenor joins Oliver to talk about identity, championing art song, and to remember countertenor Brian Asawa.

Learn more about the organization Nicholas co-founded to promote art song in Chicago HERE.

Playlist

Robert Johnson: “Have you seen but a bright lily grow?”
Nicholas Phan, tenor
Michael Leopold, lute

Franz Schubert: “Atys,” D 585 & “Der Musensohn,” D 764
Nicholas Phan, tenor
Myra Huang, piano

Domenico Cimarosa: “Non sò donde viene” from L’Olimpiade
Nicholas Phan, tenor
Venice Baroque Orchestra
Markellos Chryssicos, conductor

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: “Va, lerror mio palesa” from Mitridate, re di Ponto, K. 87
Brian Asawa, countertenor
Les Talens Lyriques
Christophe Rousset, conductor

Gabriel Fauré: “En sourdine” from Cinq mélodies de Venise, Op. 58
Brian Asawa, countertenor
Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
Sir Neville Marriner, conductor

Nadia Boulanger: “Cantique”
Nicholas Phan, tenor
Myra Huang, piano

Lili Boulanger: Clarières dans le ciel
No. 1, “Elle était déscendue”
No. 9, “Les lilas qui avaient fleuri”
Nicholas Phan, tenor
Myra Huang, piano

Henry Purcell: “An Evening Hymn”
Nicholas Phan, tenor
Michael Leopold, lute
Ann Marie Morgan, viola da gamba

This episode of Listening to Singers will be available for listening on-demand until May 21.