Phillip Rhodes

Image -Tristram Kenton 


Images Patrick Frost 


“As it turned out the most intriguing performance on stage was that of Rhodes as Scarpia. His virile baritone voice was sumptuous in texture, riding the orchestral and choral waves in the ‘Te Deum’ at the end of Act 1, matching Tosca’s outbursts in Act 2 note for note, and dominating every scene he was in as any good Scarpia should.”

Michael Sinclair, The Opera Critic.

"this revival is consistently enjoyable and thrilled a younger than usual first night audience. As Marcello, New Zealand baritone Phillip Rhodes has a nonchalant authority to go with his rock-solid technique"


"One of the best things about the work is the way McLeod has injected humor into what might be an unrelievedly grim evening. This is particularly true of Hohepa himself, portrayed with dignity but also a sly sense of fun by the fresh-voiced baritone Phillip Rhodes"

Hudson Hub Times


"It was one of the performances of the year, as Phillip Rhodes gave a reprise of Leoncavallo's Si puo? Signore, Signori''  

The New Zealand Herald


''The baritone Phillip Rhodes — a good-looking Maori, like Te Kanawa herself — delivered Largo al factotum with such panache ...that a lifetime of Figaros and Papagenos seems guaranteed.'' 

The Times


''Ping, Pang and Pong are Phillip Rhodes, Adrian McEniery and Benjamin Fifita Makisi, dressed as if they had stepped out of the Dick Tracy movie...with Rhodes in outstanding lyrical form as he remembers his Honan home.''

            The New Zealand Herald 

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