Teddy Tahu Rhodes


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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Carmen (Escamillo)

Antony and Cleopatra (Antony)

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

L’elisir d’amore (Belcore)

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

L’Upupa (Al Kasim)

Pagliacci (Silvio)

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

The Little Prince (The Pilot)

A Streetcar Named Desire (Stanley)

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

La Cenerentola (Dandini)
Bianca e Falliero (Capellio) 

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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


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


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