Teddy Tahu Rhodes studied in New Zealand with Mary Adams Taylor, in London with Rudolf Piernay/Guildhall School of Music and Drama and more recently with David Harper and Sharolyn Kimmorley. At the outset of his career he was a finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Award, performed in the Young Songmakers Almanac Concert Series in London, in the Salt Lake City International Concert Series, and in recital in Japan. He represented New Zealand in the 1999 Cardiff Singer of the World competition. After appearing with New Zealand’s major opera, concert and choral organisations he made a highly successful Australian debut in 1998 as Dandini (La Cenerentola) with Opera Australia and in the Messiah for the Melbourne Symphony and Sydney Philharmonia Choir.
Since then, Teddy Tahu Rhodes 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 premiere performances including Bendrix (The End of the Affair), Joe (Dead Man Walking), The Pilot (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 United States he has performed with the opera companies of San Francisco, Austin, Washington, Philadelphia, Dallas, Cincinnati, Houston and The Met, in Europe for the Hamburg Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper/Munich, Theatre du Chatelet/Paris and in Vienna, and in the UK for Welsh National Opera and Scottish Opera. His roles have included Demetrius (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Mozart’s Count, Guglielmo, Papageno and Don Giovanni, Belcore (L’elisir d’amore), Lescaut (Manon Lescaut), Stanley (A Streetcar Named Desire), and Escamillo (Carmen).
On the concert platform in Australia, Teddy Tahu Rhodes has performed with the Sydney, Melbourne, West Australian, Queensland and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, the Melbourne Chorale, and the Sydney Philharmonia, as well as touring nationally with the Australian Chamber Orchestra in 2002 and 2006.
Further engagements have included Papageno in a new production of The Magic Flute (Welsh National Opera), Fauré’s Requiem (London Philharmonic Orchestra), Count in Le Nozze di Figaro and Lescaut in Manon Lescaut (Houston), his role debut as Al Kasim in a new production of Henze’s L’Upupa (Hamburg State Opera), Leandro in a new production of The Love for Three Oranges as well as Escamillo (Opera Australia), performances with the Adelaide Symphony at South Australia’s Bundaleer Festival (2005 and 2007) and his highly acclaimed debut at New York’s Metropolitan Opera as Ned Keene in Peter Grimes in 2009.
Recent and forthcoming seasons include Lescaut (Leipzig/Opera Australia), Escamillo (Hamburg, Théatre du Chatalet/Paris, Munich, Bilbao, Metropolitan Opera, Opera Australia), Guglielmo/Count (Cincinnati), Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire (Vienna, Opera Australia), Joe/Dead Man Walking for Andrew McManus/Alexander Productions in Sydney, Don Giovanni (Opera Australia), further performances of L’Upupa (Hamburg State Opera) Billy Budd (Santa Fe/OA) and the Count and Guglielmo (Washington Opera), the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro – role debut – (OA), Scarpia/Tosca – role debut – (WA Opera), a national and U.S. tour for the ACO, Australia-wide concert tour with David Hobson 2009/2011 (Andrew McKinnon & Associates) and Messiah (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra). 2013 engagements include a return to the Metropolitan Opera as well as debuts in Chicago and Dallas.
Concert performances include the prestigious BBC Proms Series, Opera in the Vineyards (Moonah Links and Hunter Valley), Auckland Philharmonia singing Elijah and St Matthew Passion, an Art Gallery Concert, Fauré’s Requiem, Ravel’s Don Quichotte and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony for WASO, Elijah for the TSO and Brahms’ Four Serious Songs at the Adelaide Festival, gala concerts for TQO, his Carnegie Hall debut with New York City Opera as Antony in Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra, recitals for Musica Viva at the Huntington Festival, Utzon Room (Sydney Opera House) and in Washington DC, a nationwide tour of his native New Zealand with the NZSO and a series of concerts with the Australian String Quartet.
Teddy Tahu Rhodes’ ABC Classics’ discography includes Fauré’s Requiem and Le naissance de Vénus, Handel’s Messiah, Musical Renegades (on CD/DVD), solo discs including Mozart Arias, The Voice, Vagabond, The Bach Arias, Mozart Requiem, Serious Songs as well as You’ll Never Walk Alone (with David Hobson). He also appears on the CD/DVD recording of The Little Prince for Sony International/ BBC directed by Francesca Zambello, on CD/DVD Haley Westenra Live, broadcast on the PBS Great Performers series in the US in 2005, on the DVD of Peter Grimes at the Metropolitan Opera for EMI Classics, the Metropolitan Opera’s Carmen (DVD and shown in cinemas world-wide) and Chandos’ Love for Three Oranges.
Awards include an ARIA (Best Classical Record for The Voice) two Helpmann Awards/Best Male Operatic Performer for Dead Man Walking/State Opera of South Australia and in the Sydney performances presented by Andrew McManus/Alexander Productions) and the 2006 Limelight Award (Best Performance by a Soloist with an Orchestra for his performances with the ACO). Most recently he has been honoured with a Green Room Award for Best Male Artist in a Leading Role for his performance of Don Giovanni for Opera Australia, a MO Award (Operatic Performer of the Year) and Arts Foundation Of New Zealand Laureate 2008.