Teddy Tahu Rhodes
(August 30, 1966)
Teddy Tahu Rhodes was born in New Zealand. He is a baritone.
Originally toying with singing he abandoned voice studies to practice accounting for a time but abandoned the profession after he made his international debut in an acclaimed performance of Dandini in La Cenerentola for Opera Australia, and was launched into an international career.
He has sung in several premier performances such as The End of the Affair (Bendrix) and Dead Man Walking (Joe) by Jake Heggie, The Little Prince by Rachel Portman (The Pilot) as well as in Nigel Butterley's Spell of Creation and Barry Conyngham's Fix.
He has a wide repertoire including Mozart's Count Almaviva, Guglielmo, Papageno and Don Giovanni, Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Belcore in L'Elisir d'Amore, Billy in Billy Budd, Lescaut in Manon Lescaut, Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire, Escamillo in Carmen, Al Kasim in Hans Werner Henze's, L'Upupa, Silvio in Pagliacci, Harlequin in Ariadne auf Naxos, Leandro in The Love for Three Oranges and Antony in Barber's Antony and Cleopatra.
Amongst other prominent opera companies he has sung with, includes the Metropolitan Opera, Opera Australia, San Francisco Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Washington National Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Dallas Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, the Théâtre du Châtelet, the Santa Fe Opera, the New York City Opera and the Theater an der Wien.
He noteably stepped in to replace an indisposed Mariusz Kwiecien in the role of Escamillo in the Metropolitan Opera Live HD telecast of Carmen.