Baritone

Teddy Tahu Rhodes

Credit: Cal Crary

Introduction

New Zealand baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and studied with David Harper.

For Opera Australia he has sung Dandini, Count Almaviva, Demetrius, Escamillo, Guglielmo, Belcore, Harlekin, Don Giovanni, Billy Budd and Méphistophélès. He has also performed with the opera houses of San Francisco, Philadelphia, Austin, Washington, Houston, Dallas, Cincinnati, Santa Fe, Munich, Hamburg and Leipzig, and for Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, Chatelet Theatre Paris and Theater an der Wien. His many recordings include DVDs of Peter Grimes (EMI) and Carmen (Deutsche Grammophon) from the Metropolitan Opera.


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  • 12 Nov 15 GOUNOD 'Faust'
    West Australian Opera
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    “On this occasion, the internationally acclaimed bass Teddy Tahu Rhodes … 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

  • 18 Feb 15 GOUNOD 'Faust'
    Sydney Opera House
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    “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

    “Teddy Tahu Rhodes as Mephistopholes is visually magnetic with a stature and presence befitting of satan.”
    Eliza Eggler, Australian Stage

  • 26 Jul 14 MOZART 'Don Giovanni'
    Sydney Opera House
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    “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

  • 01 Apr 13 PREVIN 'A Streetcar Named Desire'
    Carnegie Hall and the Lyric Opera of Chicago
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    “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

  • 01 Sep 12 RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN 'South Pacific'
    Sydney Opera House
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    “…his [Teddy Tahu Rhodes] singing is highly polished and immaculately shaped”
    Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald

Repertoire

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 bohème Marcello
Madame Butterfly Sharpless
Manon Lescaut Lescaut
Tosca Scarpia

ROSSINI
La Cenerentola Dandini
Bianca e Falliero Capellio