Hawke's Bay

In the 2019-20 Season, UK-based baritone
Phillip Rhodes returned to Welsh National
Opera in the role of Escamillo Carmen,
following previous success when he made his
Royal Opera House debut in the role,
andmade his role debut in the title role The
Marriage of Figaro at Opera North, which was
met with great acclaim by critics.
Phillip currently enjoys a long association
with Opera North and recently sang the roles
of Alfio Cavalleria Rusticana, Silvio Pagliacci
and Renato Un ballo in maschera, Mizgir The
Snowmaiden and Peter/Father Hansel und
Gretel. He also appeared as Marcello La
Boheme and Aeneas Dido and Aeneas, and
joined the cast of Andrea Chenier for the role
of Roucher while covering Gerard, and
covered the roles of Iago Otello and
Balstrode Peter Grimes.
Recent highlights include his house debut at
Nederlandse Reisopera as Scarpia Tosca, and
at Welsh National Opera another house and
role debut as the Speaker The Magic Flute
(also covering Renato Un ballo in maschera),
the role of Jud Fry Oklahoma! at Grange Park
Opera, and at Dorset Opera the role of the
King Le Cid. In his native New Zealand, he
appeared as Judge Turpin Sweeney Todd
(also covering the title role), as Scarpia in a
new production, and his debut as Pere
Germont La Traviata. At the new Grange
Festival he made his role debut with his
portrayal of Escamillo, winning critical
accolades for his French style.
At Auckland Opera Studio, Phillip won
exceptional reviews for his performance as
Enrico Lucia de Lammermoor and covered
the role at The Royal Opera House Covent
Garden. At English National Opera he
appeared as Older Man
commission, Between Worlds directed by
Deborah Warner, which won him decisive
reviews. Other highlights include his debut as
Count de Luna Il Trovatore at Dorset Festival
Opera, where he previously brought Scarpia
into his repertoire for the first time.
In previous seasons, Phillip appeared as
Monterone Rigoletto at Opera New Zealand
and in the title role of their new production of
Hohepa, presented at the New Zealand
International Arts Festival. Early
appearances with the company include Tonio
Pagliacci and Alfio Cavalleria Rusticana as
well as Geronimo Il Matrimonio Segreto
(Cimarosa) and Signor Bruschino Il Signore
Bruschino at Opera Barga Festival in Italy.
Phillip also appeared in New Zealand as
Maori Chef/Captain Cook in Trial of the
Cannibal Dog by Matthew Suttor and John
Following his graduation in 2004 with a
Diploma in Arts and Voice in Hawkes Bay
where he was born, Phillip became an
Emerging Artist with New Zealand Opera,
appearing in step-out roles in several
productions as well as singing Marcello,
covering Monterone and inaugurating the
title role in Turpin, a world premiere. In 2005,
Phillip won the prestigious New Zealand Aria
Competition and quickly followed this
success by winning the highly significant
Lexus Song Quest, which brought him to the
attention of Dame Kiri who still maintains her
interest in his career. Phillip acknowledges
the support of the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation.
In 2006, Phillip toured with New Zealand
Opera in the role of Malatesta Don Pasquale
and sang the role of Monostatos Die
Zauberflöte. He appeared as Ping Turandot,
covered Enrico Lucia di Lammermoor and
played Grandfather Clock and Black Cat in
of .
In 2008, Phillip 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. He won
Second Place in the International Montserrat
Caballe Competition held in Zaragosa, Spain,
and appeared in concert with the legendary
diva in Cologne, Germany.