At the outset of his career Teddy Tahu Rhodes was a finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Award, performed in the Young Songmakers Almanac Concert Series in London, in the Salt Lake City International Concert Series, and in recital in Japan. He represented New Zealand in the 1999 Cardiff Singer of the World competition.
Teddy has rapidly established an international career on both the opera stage and concert platform. He has performed with the opera companies of San Francisco, Austin, Washington, Philadelphia, Dallas, Cincinnati, Houston, New York, the Hamburg Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper/Munich, Theatre du Chatelet/Paris, in Vienna, Welsh National Opera and Scottish Opera.
Recent seasons include Lescaut (Leipzig/Opera Australia), Escamillo (Hamburg, Théatre du Chatalet/Paris, Munich, Bilbao, Metropolitan Opera, Opera Australia), Guglielmo/Count (Cincinnati, Opera Australia, Washington Opera), Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire (Vienna, Opera Australia), Joe/Dead Man Walking, Don Giovanni (Opera Australia, West Australian Opera ), Scarpia/Tosca – role debut – (WA Opera), Emille de bec – role debut - South Pacific (OA).
Awards include an ARIA, two Helpmann Awards, a Limelight Award, a Green Room Award plus a MO Award (Operatic Performer of the Year).
Following the huge success with South Pacific for Opera Australia, Teddy returned in 2014 for the role of the King (The King and I) and the title role in Don Giovanni. In 2015 Teddy will debut the roles of Méphistophélès (Faust) Opera Australia, South Australian Opera and West Australian Opera, the title role in Sweeney Todd (Victorian State Opera), Beethoven 9 (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra), a new work written by Barry Humphries entitled Peter and Jack (Adelaide Cabaret Festival), Australia/NZ tour “From Broadway to La Scala”, Southern Cross Soloists, Mozart Requiem (Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra) and Handel’s Messiah (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra).