Phillip Rhodes


Well known Gisborne baritone Phillip Rhodes (winner of the 2005 Lockwood Aria and the 2007 Lexus Song Quest) received a Foundation grant in 2008 which enabled him to accept a place at the prestigious Cardiff International Academy of Voice under the tutelage of Dennis O’Neill. 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. He subsequently received further Foundation grants to establish himself and continue his studies at the Academy and to attend the Solti Te Kanawa Accademia Summer School. These included the Laurie Coon Scholarship (2009) and a grant made in partnership with the Dame Malvina Major Foundation and the Deane Endowment Trust.

Recent successes followed including his debut as Count de Luna Il Trovatore at Dorset Festival Opera, and his debut engagement at Opera North as Aeneas Dido and Aeneas/ Iago (cover) Otello. Phillip’s roles in the 2013-14 Season include Balstrode (cover) Peter Grimes at Opera North and his role debut as Marcello La Boheme for the same opera company. Earlier in 2014 Phillip returned to NZ to perform the role of Marcello with the NZ Opera Company. He returns to New Zealand again in 2015 to perform the role of Scarpia in Tosca.

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