Performance Wednesday, March 18, 2015 | 7:30 PM

Nicholas Phan

A Painted Tale

Weill Recital Hall
A story of love gained and then lost is told through the beauty of early English song. Songs by Purcell, Dowland, Lanier, Campion, Blow, Morley, and others form a pastiche song cycle that’s rich with poetry and great beauty.

Part of Salon Encores.


  • Nicholas Phan, Tenor
  • Ann Marie Morgan, Viola da Gamba
  • Michael Leopold, Lute and Theorbo


    MORLEY "A painted tale"

    The Tale
    PURCELL "O solitude, my sweetest choice"
  • ANON. "Have you seen but a white lily grow?"
  • BLOW "Fairest work of happy Nature"
  • BLOW "The Self-Banish'd"
  • LANIER "Fire, lo here I burn"
  • BLOW "O turn not those fine eyes away"
  • PURCELL "Sweeter than Roses" from Pausanias
  • PURCELL "She loves and she confesses too"
  • LANIER "No more shall meads"
  • DOWLAND "My thoughts are winged with hopes"
  • BLOW "Of all the torments"
  • DOWLAND "Can she excuse my wrongs"
  • PURCELL "Not all my torments can your pity move"
  • A. FERRABOSCO "So, so leave off this last lamenting kiss"
  • DOWLAND "In darkness let me dwell"
  • DOWLAND "Now, O now, I needs must part"
  • DOWLAND "Come, heavy Sleep"
  • LANIER "Stay, Silly Heart, and do not break"
  • PURCELL "Now that the sun hath veil'd his light" (An Evening Hymn on a Ground)

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.


  • Nicholas Phan

    American tenor Nicholas Phan's many engagements this season include concerts with The Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Dallas Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Boston Baroque, and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, as well as his return to Houston Grand Opera for SweeneyTodd. He also appears in recital in New York, Houston, and Istanbul.

    Mr. Phan has performed with many of the leading orchestras in North America and Europe, including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Les Violons du Roy, BBC Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, and Lucerne Symphony Orchestra. He has also toured extensively throughout the major concert halls of Europe with Il Complesso Barocco, and appeared with the Oregon Bach, Tanglewood, Ravinia, Marlboro, Edinburgh, Rheingau, and Saint-Denis festivals, and at the BBC Proms.

    In opera, he has appeared with LA Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, Glyndebourne, Oper Frankfurt, and Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. In recital, he has been presented by Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music, and the University of Chicago. He is also currently the artistic director of Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago, an organization devoted to promoting the art song and vocal chamber music repertoire.

    Mr. Phan's most recent solo album, A Painted Tale,  was released on Avie Records in February 2015. His previous solo album, Still Falls the Rain (Avie Records), was named one of the best classical recordings of 2012 by The New York Times. His growing discography also includes the Grammy-nominated recording of Stravinsky's Pulcinella with Pierre Boulez and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO Resound), his debut solo album Winter Words (Avie Records), the opera L'Olimpiade with the Venice Baroque Orchestra (Naïve), and the world premiere recording of Elliott Carter's orchestral song cycle, A Sunbeam's Architecture (NMC Recordings).

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  • Ann Marie Morgan 

    Gambist Ann Marie Morgan has performed Bach's St. John Passion and St. Matthew Passion with the Philadelphia and Minnesota orchestras, and Bach's "Brandenburg" Concerto No. 6 with The Cleveland Orchestra and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. She has appeared at the Oregon, Bethlehem, and Boulder Bach festivals, and featured as concerto soloist on viola da gamba and cello piccolo with Apollo's Fire and the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado. Other recent highlights include a tour with Les Violons du Roy and Bernard Labadie; appearances with Opera Colorado; a performance with La Tempesta di Mare at the Prague Spring International Music Festival; and continuing collaborations with The Cleveland Orchestra's principal flutist Joshua Smith, theorbo player William Simms, and Grammy-nominated harpsichordist Jory Vinikour.

    Receiving her artist diploma in viola da gamba and Baroque cello from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music, Ms. Morgan became the instructor of both instruments at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland-a post she held for 11 years. She was also a longtime member of the early music faculty at the Interlochen Arts Camp, and has recently both taught and performed at the Institut für Alte Musik in Hannover, Germany.

    Together with her duo partner, William Simms, Ms. Morgan has recorded a solo viola da gamba album entitled Among Rosebuds (Centaur). She has also been featured as a Baroque cellist on a recording of Bach flute sonatas and the trio sonata from TheMusical Offering with Joshua Smith (Delos), and The Soulful Bach and Telemann with her own ensemble Olde Friends Concert Artists (Centaur). As a member of Apollo's Fire for 15 years, she can be heard as cellist and gambist on a dozen of the ensemble's recordings. Ms. Morgan can also be heard in recordings on the Chandos, Dorian, and Koch labels. 

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  • Michael Leopold 

    Michael Leopold holds a bachelor's degree in music and a master's degree in historical plucked instruments from American Universities, as well a degree in lute and theorbo fromL'Istituto di Musica Antica of the Accademia Internazionale della Musica in Milan. Originally from Northern California, he continues to reside in Milan and has performed as both soloist and accompanist throughout Europe, Australia, Japan, Chile, Mexico, and the US.

    Mr. Leopold has played with a number of leading Italian early music groups, including Concerto Italiano, La Risonanza, La Venexiana, and La Pietà de' Turchini, as well as several American period-instrument ensembles. He has also collaborated with several orchestras and opera companies, including Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Opera Australia, San Francisco Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu, LA Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera, Dallas Symphony, Glimmerglass Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Gulbenkian Música, Cincinnati Opera, and Portland Opera. He can be heard in recordings on the Stradivarius, Glossa, Naïve, MSM, and Naxos labels.

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"The Last Rose of Summer"
Nicholas Phan, Tenor | Myra Huang, Piano
Nicholas Phan

At a Glance

Taking Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin as a model, tenor Nicholas Phan curates an evening of early English songs that are arranged as a continuous “pastiche song cycle” to tell the story of a young man who falls in love with a young woman and is destroyed by the heartbreak that ensues. He brings viola da gambist (and former teacher) Ann Marie Morgan, and lute and theorbo player Michael Leopold on board to paint the tale with the widest variety of color.
Program Notes


This performance is part of Early Music in Weill Recital Hall.

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