Teddy Tahu Rhodes

Teddy Tahu Rhodes

Teddy Tahu Rhodes is a New Zealand operatic baritone.


Tahu Rhodes studied with Mary Adams Taylor, Rudolf Piernay, and David Harper. In 1999 Tahu Rhodes represented New Zealand in the Cardiff Singer of the World competition. He made his Australian debut in 1998 as Dandini in "La cenerentola" with Opera Australia.

He has sung in several world and Australian premiere performances such "The End of the Affair" (Bendrix) and "Dead Man Walking" (Joe) by Jake Heggie, "The Little Prince" by Rachel Portman (The Pilot) as well as in Nigel Butterley’s "Spell of Creation" and Barry Conyngham’s "Fix". His wide variety of other opera roles have included Mozart's Count Almaviva, Guglielmo, Papageno and Don Giovanni; Demetrius in "A Midsummer Night's Dream"; Belcore in "L'elisir d'amore"; Billy in "Billy Budd"; Lescaut in "Manon Lescaut"; Stanley in "A Streetcar Named Desire"; Escamillo in "Carmen"; Al Kasim in Henze’s "L'upupa"; Silvio in "Pagliacci", Harlequin in "Ariadne auf Naxos" and Leandro in "The Love for Three Oranges".

Amongst the prominent opera companies and theatres in which he has performed are Opera Australia, San Francisco Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Washington National Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Dallas Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the Santa Fe Opera, and the Theater an der Wien in Vienna.

In oratorio and choral works, he has appeared as the baritone soloist in performances of "Handel's Messiah" with the Melbourne Symphony and Sydney Philharmonia Choir, and in Fauré's "Requiem" with the London Philharmonic.


Tahu Rhodes has been the recipient of several major awards. In 2004 he received both an ARIA award for best classical recording for his CD "The Voice", and a Helpman Award for best male operatic performer for his role in "Dead Man Walking". In 2006 he was the winner of the Limelight Award for 'Best Performance by a Soloist with an Orchestra' for his Australian tour with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.


Teddy Tahu Rhodes' recordings include several recital discs on ABC Classics including "Mozart Arias" with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, "The Voice", a collection of arias and songs, and "Vagabond" a collection of songs and song cycles including Ralph Vaughan Williams' Songs of Travel' with pianist Sharolyn Kimmorley. Also in his discography is the ABC Classics recording of Handel's "Messiah", Fauré's "Requiem" and "Musical Renegades" with the Australian Chamber Orchestra (on both CD and DVD).


[http://www.deadmanwalking.com.au/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=16&Itemid=32 Artist Biography:Teddy Tahu Rhodes] , for the 2007 Australian production of "Deadman Walking". Accessed 28 July 2008.

External links

* [http://www.askonasholt.co.uk/Green/Green/Home.nsf/Lookup5a/Teddy+Tahu+Rhodes Teddy Tahu Rhodes artist's page] , Askonas Holt Ltd.

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