Teddy Tahu Rhodes

Introduction

New Zealand baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes joined Opera Australia as a resident principal artist in 2001, performing the roles of Guglielmo (Cosi fan tutte), Belcore (L'elisir d'amore), Demetrius (A Midsummer Night's Dream) and Harlekin (Ariadne auf Naxos). He has sung in the houses of San Francisco, Houston, Dallas, Washington and Munich, and with the Chatelet Paris, Welsh National Opera and Scottish Opera.  He sang Count Almaviva in Cincinnati and Washington, Don Giovanni for Opera Australia, Henze’s L’Upupa for Hamburg Opera, Lescaut in Leipzig, Billy Budd in both Santa Fe and Sydney, Peter Grimes and Escamillo for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Scarpia for West Australian Opera, and Stanley (A Streetcar Named Desire) for both the Theater an der Wien and the Lyric Opera of Chicago 

Following the huge success he had with South Pacific, Teddy will sing the role of the King in The King and I for Opera Australia, where he also returns to sing his first Faust  and the title role in a new production of Don Giovanni.

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BIZET
Carmen (Escamillo)

BARBER
Antony and Cleopatra (Antony)

BRITTEN 
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Demetrius)
Peter Grimes (Ned Keene)
Billy Budd (Billy Budd)

DONIZETTI   
L’elisir d’amore (Belcore)

HEGGIE   
Dead Man Walking (Joe)
The End of the Affair (Bendrix)

HENZE   
L’Upupa (Al Kasim)

LEONCAVALLO  
Pagliacci (Silvio)

MOZART   
Così fan tutte (Guglielmo)
Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni)
Le nozze di Figaro (Figaro/ Count)
Die Zauberflöte (Papageno)

PORTMAN   
The Little Prince (The Pilot)

PREVIN   
A Streetcar Named Desire (Stanley)

PUCCINI   
La boheme (Marcello)
Madame Butterfly (Sharpless)
Manon Lescaut (Lescaut)
Tosca (Scarpia)

ROSSINI   
La Cenerentola (Dandini)
Bianca e Falliero (Capellio) 

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    Carmen (Escamillo)

Schedule

The Civic, AUCKLAND

SONDHEIM 'Sweeney Todd'

Conductor: Benjamin Northey
Director: Stuart Maunder

SWEENEY TODD: TEDDY TAHU RHODES
Mrs Lovett: Antoinette Halloran
Anthony Hope: James Benjamin Rodgers
Johanna: Amelia Berry
Judge Turpin: Phillip Rhodes
Beadle Bamford: Andrew Glover
Beggar Woman: Helen Medlyn
Tobias Ragg: Joel Granger
Pirelli: Robert Tucker
Jonas Fogg: James Ioelu

St James Theatre Wellington, WELLINGTON

SONDHEIM 'Sweeney Todd'

Conductor: Benjamin Northey
Director: Stuart Maunder

SWEENEY TODD: TEDDY TAHU RHODES
Mrs Lovett: Antoinette Halloran
Anthony Hope: James Benjamin Rodgers
Johanna: Amelia Berry
Judge Turpin: Phillip Rhodes
Beadle Bamford: Andrew Glover
Beggar Woman: Helen Medlyn
Tobias Ragg: Joel Granger
Pirelli: Robert Tucker
Jonas Fogg: James Ioelu

St James Theatre Wellington, WELLINGTON

SONDHEIM 'Sweeney Todd'

Conductor: Benjamin Northey
Director: Stuart Maunder

SWEENEY TODD: TEDDY TAHU RHODES
Mrs Lovett: Antoinette Halloran
Anthony Hope: James Benjamin Rodgers
Johanna: Amelia Berry
Judge Turpin: Phillip Rhodes
Beadle Bamford: Andrew Glover
Beggar Woman: Helen Medlyn
Tobias Ragg: Joel Granger
Pirelli: Robert Tucker
Jonas Fogg: James Ioelu

St James Theatre Wellington, WELLINGTON

SONDHEIM 'Sweeney Todd'

Conductor: Benjamin Northey
Director: Stuart Maunder

SWEENEY TODD: TEDDY TAHU RHODES
Mrs Lovett: Antoinette Halloran
Anthony Hope: James Benjamin Rodgers
Johanna: Amelia Berry
Judge Turpin: Phillip Rhodes
Beadle Bamford: Andrew Glover
Beggar Woman: Helen Medlyn
Tobias Ragg: Joel Granger
Pirelli: Robert Tucker
Jonas Fogg: James Ioelu

St James Theatre Wellington, WELLINGTON

SONDHEIM 'Sweeney Todd'

Conductor: Benjamin Northey
Director: Stuart Maunder

SWEENEY TODD: TEDDY TAHU RHODES
Mrs Lovett: Antoinette Halloran
Anthony Hope: James Benjamin Rodgers
Johanna: Amelia Berry
Judge Turpin: Phillip Rhodes
Beadle Bamford: Andrew Glover
Beggar Woman: Helen Medlyn
Tobias Ragg: Joel Granger
Pirelli: Robert Tucker
Jonas Fogg: James Ioelu

St James Theatre Wellington, WELLINGTON

SONDHEIM 'Sweeney Todd'

Conductor: Benjamin Northey
Director: Stuart Maunder

SWEENEY TODD: TEDDY TAHU RHODES
Mrs Lovett: Antoinette Halloran
Anthony Hope: James Benjamin Rodgers
Johanna: Amelia Berry
Judge Turpin: Phillip Rhodes
Beadle Bamford: Andrew Glover
Beggar Woman: Helen Medlyn
Tobias Ragg: Joel Granger
Pirelli: Robert Tucker
Jonas Fogg: James Ioelu

Isaac Theatre Royal, CHRISTCHURCH

SONDHEIM 'Sweeney Todd'

Conductor: Benjamin Northey
Director: Stuart Maunder

SWEENEY TODD: TEDDY TAHU RHODES
Mrs Lovett: Antoinette Halloran
Anthony Hope: James Benjamin Rodgers
Johanna: Amelia Berry
Judge Turpin: Phillip Rhodes
Beadle Bamford: Andrew Glover
Beggar Woman: Helen Medlyn
Tobias Ragg: Joel Granger
Pirelli: Robert Tucker
Jonas Fogg: James Ioelu

Isaac Theatre Royal, CHRISTCHURCH

SONDHEIM 'Sweeney Todd'

Conductor: Benjamin Northey
Director: Stuart Maunder

SWEENEY TODD: TEDDY TAHU RHODES
Mrs Lovett: Antoinette Halloran
Anthony Hope: James Benjamin Rodgers
Johanna: Amelia Berry
Judge Turpin: Phillip Rhodes
Beadle Bamford: Andrew Glover
Beggar Woman: Helen Medlyn
Tobias Ragg: Joel Granger
Pirelli: Robert Tucker
Jonas Fogg: James Ioelu

Isaac Theatre Royal, CHRISTCHURCH

SONDHEIM 'Sweeney Todd'

Conductor: Benjamin Northey
Director: Stuart Maunder

SWEENEY TODD: TEDDY TAHU RHODES
Mrs Lovett: Antoinette Halloran
Anthony Hope: James Benjamin Rodgers
Johanna: Amelia Berry
Judge Turpin: Phillip Rhodes
Beadle Bamford: Andrew Glover
Beggar Woman: Helen Medlyn
Tobias Ragg: Joel Granger
Pirelli: Robert Tucker
Jonas Fogg: James Ioelu

Isaac Theatre Royal, CHRISTCHURCH

SONDHEIM 'Sweeney Todd'

Conductor: Benjamin Northey
Director: Stuart Maunder

SWEENEY TODD: TEDDY TAHU RHODES
Mrs Lovett: Antoinette Halloran
Anthony Hope: James Benjamin Rodgers
Johanna: Amelia Berry
Judge Turpin: Phillip Rhodes
Beadle Bamford: Andrew Glover
Beggar Woman: Helen Medlyn
Tobias Ragg: Joel Granger
Pirelli: Robert Tucker
Jonas Fogg: James Ioelu

Isaac Theatre Royal, CHRISTCHURCH

SONDHEIM 'Sweeney Todd'

Conductor: Benjamin Northey
Director: Stuart Maunder

SWEENEY TODD: TEDDY TAHU RHODES
Mrs Lovett: Antoinette Halloran
Anthony Hope: James Benjamin Rodgers
Johanna: Amelia Berry
Judge Turpin: Phillip Rhodes
Beadle Bamford: Andrew Glover
Beggar Woman: Helen Medlyn
Tobias Ragg: Joel Granger
Pirelli: Robert Tucker
Jonas Fogg: James Ioelu

Sydney Opera House, SYDNEY

BEETHOVEN Symphony No.2
BEETHOVEN Symphony No.9 'Choral'

Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy

Soprano: Christiane Oelze
Mezzo-soprano: Fiona Campbell
Tenor: Steve Davislim
BARITONE: TEDDY TAHU RHODES

Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Sydney Philharmonia Choirs

Sydney Opera House, SYDNEY

BEETHOVEN Symphony No.2
BEETHOVEN Symphony No.9 'Choral'

Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy

Soprano: Christiane Oelze
Mezzo-soprano: Fiona Campbell
Tenor: Steve Davislim
BARITONE: TEDDY TAHU RHODES

Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Sydney Philharmonia Choirs

Sydney Opera House, SYDNEY

BEETHOVEN Symphony No.2
BEETHOVEN Symphony No.9 'Choral'

Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy

Soprano: Christiane Oelze
Mezzo-soprano: Fiona Campbell
Tenor: Steve Davislim
BARITONE: TEDDY TAHU RHODES

Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Sydney Philharmonia Choirs

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Press

Gounod

Faust

West Australian Opera, 2015

On this occasion, the internationally acclaimed bass Teddy Tahu Rhodes (originally from New Zealand, often claimed as Australian, now domiciled in the US) took the role of Méphistophélès, for which he is eminently suited. His charismatic onstage presence dominated every scene he was in, and he obviously took delight in his saturnine wickedness. Vocally the role also suits him very well, his reliably accurate voice soaring effortlessly over the orchestra, with its burnished resonance gracing every phrase. Sandra Bowdler, Opera Britannia
Teddy Tehu Rhodes presented a suave sophisticated Méphistophélès – could the invitation to damnation and ruin ever seem so refined and respectable... Rhodes has the gift of a beautiful rich voice and an appealing naturalness in the way he commands the stage. Brian Angus, Bachtrack
Teddy Tahu Rhodes is wonderfully imposing as Méphistophélès but it is his way of giving the character great charisma, a seductive quality, which gives this devil his power over Faust. No crash, bang, fire and brimstone for Rhodes. He is the subtle voice in the ear, making an offer, waiting, offering a little more, until his victim accepts. Méphistophélès works through the power of his voice, and what a voice he is given. Teddy Tahu Rhodes is the perfect choice for the role. Barry Lenny, Operaworld
Teddy Tahu Rhodes was magnificent as Mephistopheles, his grand  stage presence matching his powerful voice. 
Diana Carroll, Adelaide Independent News

Gounod

Faust

Sydney Opera House

As for the voices, this is luxury casting indeed: Mephistopheles is a gift of a role, and Teddy Tahu Rhodes grabs it whole-heartedly. Physically and vocally, it's a great match.Harriet Cunningham, The Sydney Morning Herald Harriet Cunningham, The Sydney Morning Herald
 Teddy Tahu Rhodes as Mephistopholes is visually magnetic with a stature and presence befitting of satan.  Eliza Eggler, Australian Stage

Mozart

Don Giovanni

Sydney Opera House

TEDDY Tahu Rhodes stalks the stage of the Opera House’s Joan Sutherland Theatre as if he owns it and everyone on it...While Tahu Rhodes holds stage presence tightly in his grip, this ensemble cast is a world-class showcase worth seeing. Grant Jones, The Daily Telegraph
Teddy Tahu Rhodes (a seasoned veteran for this part) delivers the role with great professionalism. Zoltan Szabo, bachtrack

Previn

A Streetcar Named Desire

Carnegie Hall and the Lyric Opera of Chicago

As Stanley, Teddy Tahu Rhodes gave an extroverted, full-voiced characterization, balancing the visceral qualities with the street-smart awareness that allowed him to assess the consequences of Blanche’s actions. In the first act’s second scene, after the drunken Stanley strikes Stella in front of his friends and she flees, he utters his famous cry—a line that Previn wisely has left spoken, not sung. Rhodes delivers it with the power of a fine orator while keeping its rhythm and dynamic level within the scene’s musical structure. James L. Zychowicz, Seen and Heard
His strong baritone was matched by six-pack abs, a tattooed left arm and a feral way of stalking the stage. 
Chicago Tribune
Teddy Tahu Rhodes was a menacing Stanley Kowalski, his bald head and tattoo on his left arm in stark contrast to Fleming in Johann Stegmeir's glamorous dresses. Bare-chested or in a tank top for much of the evening, Rhodes walked with a hulking bluntness, and his baritone seethed with contempt. Ronald Blum, Huffington Post

South Pacific

Sydney Opera House

...his [Teddy Tahu Rhodes] singing is highly polished and immaculately shaped... Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald