Nicholas Phan’s new solo album for Avie Records “Illuminations” is set for release Friday, April 20, 2018.
The release of the new album comes on the heels of Phan’s 2018 Grammy nomination for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album. “Illuminations” reunites the tenor with his long-time recital partner, pianist Myra Huang and also joins forces with the adventurous Brooklyn-based orchestral collective, The Knights, and the award-winning Telegraph Quartet.
The album, which is inspired by the poetry of two scandalous figures of the Parisian Belle Époque, Paul Verlaine, and his younger lover, Arthur Rimbaud, sees Phan explore the music of Benjamin Britten, Claude Debussy, and Gabriel Fauré.
“Illuminations” is Phan’s fifth solo album for Avie. His previous recordings for the label include “Gods & Monsters,” two celebrated collections of songs by Benjamin Britten, and “A Painted Tale,” a pastiche cycle of early English songs assembled by the tenor himself.