New Zealand Britain-based baritone Phillip Rhodes makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2018/19 Season as Escamillo (Carmen).
Rhodes studied in his native New Zealand, including at Auckland Opera Studio, before relocating to the UK. He has received support from the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation. He has sung several roles for Opera North, including Marcello (La bohème), Mizgir (The Snow Maiden), Roucher (Andrea Chénier), Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas), Peter (Hänsel und Gretel), Silvio (Pagliacci), Alfio (Cavalleria rusticana) and Renato (Un ballo in maschera). For New Zealand Opera he has sung Giorgio Germont (La traviata), Marcello, Baron Scarpia (Tosca) and Judge Turpin (Sweeney Todd). Other appearances include Older Man in the world premiere of Tansy Davies’s Between Worlds for English National Opera, and Jud Fry (Oklahoma!) and Escamillo for The Grange Festival.
Rhodes has appeared widely in concert in New Zealand and Australia, including Carmina Burana with the Auckland Philharmonia and recitals with Kiri Te Kanawa in Melbourne and New South Wales. He sang the title role in the world premiere of Jenny McLeod’s opera Hôhepa for NBR New Zealand Opera at the 2012 New Zealand International Arts Festival.