Phillip Rhodes

Phillip Rhodes


Phillip Rhodes was the winner of the 2005 New Zealand Aria Competition and was awarded second place at the International Montserrat Caballe Competition in 2008. He is a former Emerging Artist with New Zealand Opera and has since appeared regularly with the company in principal roles, including Malatesta Don Pasquale, Alfio Cavalleria rusticana, Silvio Pagliacci, Marcello La bohème, Geronimo Il matrimonio segreto, Monterone Rigoletto, the title role of Il signore Bruschino, the title role in a new production of Hohepa and the title role in the world premiere of Turpin.

Recent and upcoming operatic engagements include Giorgio Germont La Traviata (Wellington Opera); Escamillo Carmen (Royal Opera House, Opera North, Welsh National Opera and The Grange Festival); his house debut as Scarpia Tosca (Nederlandse Reisopera); his role debut as Figaro The Marriage of Figaro, and Mizgir The Snowmaiden, Father Hänsel und Gretel, Alfio Cavalleria rusticana, Silvio Pagliacci, Renato Un ballo in Maschera, Marcello La bohème and Aeneas Dido and Aeneas  (Opera North); Father Hansel and Gretel and Ford Falstaff (Scottish Opera); Don Pizarro Fidelio (Auckland Philharmonia); Older Man in Tansy Davies’ Between Worlds (English National Opera); Jud Fry Oklahoma! (Grange Park Opera); and Count di Luna Il trovatore, Scarpia Tosca  and King Le Cid (Dorset Opera).

Rhodes was born in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, where he graduated in 2004 with a Diploma in Arts and Voice. In 2008, he was awarded a scholarship to attend the Cardiff International Academy of Voice under the tutelage of Dennis O’Neill, where he remained for three seasons. In 2005 he won the Lexus Song Quest, bringing him to the attention of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, who still maintains her interest in his career. Phillip acknowledges the support of the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation.

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