Teddy Tahu Rhodes
Bass-baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes studied in New Zealand with Mary Adams Taylor, in London with Rudolf Piernay at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and with David Harper. Since his highly successful Australian debut in 1998 as Dandini in Opera Australia’s La Cenerentola, he has rapidly established an international career on both the opera stage and the concert platform.
He sings a wide-ranging repertoire, notable for several world and Australian premieres including Bendrix in The End of the Affair, Joe in Dead Man Walking (Jake Heggie), The Pilot in The Little Prince (Rachel Portman) – subsequently filmed for the BBC and televised in both the UK and the USA – as well as Nigel Butterley’s Spell of Creation and Barry Conyngham’s Fix.
In the USA he has performed with the opera companies of San Francisco, Austin, Washington, Philadelphia, Dallas, Cincinnati, Houston, Metropolitan Opera/New York, in Europe for the Hamburg Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper/Munich, Theatre du Chatelet/Paris, in Vienna, and in the UK for Welsh National Opera and Scottish Opera. His roles include Demetrius (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Mozart’s Count, Guglielmo, Papageno and Don Giovanni, Belcore (L’elisir d’amore), Stanley (A Streetcar Named Desire), and Escamillo (Carmen).
On Australia’s concert platforms, Teddy Tahu Rhodes has performed with all the symphony orchestras and has toured nationally with the Australian Chamber Orchestra (2002/2006). Recent and forthcoming seasons include Lescaut (Leipzig/Opera Australia), Escamillo (Hamburg, Théatre du Chatalet/Paris, Munich and Bilbao), Guglielmo/Count (Cincinnati), Stanley/A Streetcar Named Desire (Vienna/Opera Australia), Joe/Dead Man Walking for Andrew McManus/Alexander Productions in Sydney, Don Giovanni and his role debut in the title role of The Marriage of Figaro (OA), Billy Budd (Santa Fe/OA), Count/Guglielmo (Washington Opera) and his role debut as Scarpia for WA Opera followed by performances in his native New Zealand for Southern Opera/Christchurch. Following his highly acclaimed debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 2008 as Ned Keene (Peter Grimes) he returned as Escamillo in 2010 in a performance filmed live and shown in cinemas world-wide and now available on DVD.
Concert performances include Fauré’s Requiem (London Philharmonic), the prestigious BBC Proms Series, Elijah/TSO, gala concerts with TQO, his Carnegie Hall debut with New York City Opera in Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra, in recital at the Huntington Festival, Utzon Room/Sydney Opera House and in Washington DC, a tour with the NZSO, and two Australia- wide tours with David Hobson for Andrew McKinnon Concert Presentations, 2009/2011. He tours again with ACO in 2011.
Teddy Tahu Rhodes' discography includes Fauré's Requiem, Handel's Messiah, Musical Renegades (both also on DVD), You’ll Never Walk Alone (with David Hobson) and solo discs including Mozart Arias, The Voice, Vagabond andThe Bach Arias, all for ABC Classics. Other releases include The Little Prince (BBC/Sony International), Hayley Westenra Live (DVD), Love for Three Oranges (Chandos) and two DVD’s for the Metropolitan Opera – Peter Grimes and Carmen. Awards include an ARIA (Best Classical Record for The Voice), two Helpmann Awards (Best Male Operatic Performer), MO Award (Operatic Performer of the Year), Limelight Award/2006 and a Green Room Award (Don Giovanni/OA).