Phillip Rhodes (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Kahungunu) 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 highlights include Father Hansel and Gretel (Scottish Opera’s filmed production); Don Pizarro Fidelio in concert with Auckland Philharmonia; Escamillo Carmen (Royal Opera House, Welsh National Opera and Grange Festival); his role debut as Figaro The Marriage of Figaro (Opera North); his house debut at Nederlandse Reisopera as Scarpia Tosca; and Jud Fry Oklahoma! (Grange Park Opera).
Phillip was born in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, where he graduated in 2004 with a Diploma in Arts and Voice. He was the winner of the 2005 New Zealand Aria Competition and was awarded second place at the International Montserrat Caballe Competition in 2008. He acknowledges the support of the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation.