Phillip Rhodes making his mark
Posted on 18 December 2014
London-based baritone, Phillip Rhodes, began the 2014-15 Season in New Zealand where he made his debut as Enrico Lucia di Lammermoor with the Auckland Opera Studio, winning exceptional reviews. He returns to the UK for performances in English National Opera’s new opera by Tansy Davies, Between Worlds to be directed by Deborah Warner, and appears with his mentor, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, in recital appearances throughout the season.
Recent highlights include his debut as Count de Luna Il Trovatore at Dorset Festival Opera, and his debut at Opera North as Aeneas Dido and Aeneas where he also covered the roles of Iago Otello and Balstrode Peter Grimes. At Opera North, he went on to sing the role of Marcello in La Boheme, a role he also sang with New Zealand Opera in Christchurch.
The future looks bright for Phillip in the United Kingdom and abroad. Supported by the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation he returns to New Zealand Opera in the spring of 2015 for the role of Puccini’s evil villain Scarpia in their new production of Tosca.