"Phillip Rhodes was a revelation as the Count (Il Trovatore), lots of presence and a big elegant Italianate voice."
Owen Mortimer, Opera Now
"The role of Aeneas settles easily within the range of the young baritone Phillip Rhodes. His dark coloured voice possesses an attractive rugged quality. A pity that Purcell does not give Aeneas more to do."
Antony Lias, Opera Brittania
"The ghastly Scarpia was delivered with aristocratic relish and silky disdain by Phillip Rhodes"
Michael Tanner, The Spectator
"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..."
Michael Sinclair, The Opera Critic
"As Marcello, New Zealand baritone Phillip Rhodes has a nonchalant authority to go with his rock-solid technique."
Ron Simpson, What's On Stage
UK-based New Zealand baritone Phillip Rhodes was the winner of the 2005 New Zealand Aria Competition and was awarded second place at the International Montserrat Caballe Competition in 2008. He is a former Emerging Artist with New Zealand Opera and has since appeared regularly with the company in principal roles.
In the 2021-22 season he returns to the Royal Opera House as Monterone Rigoletto and to Opera North as Escamillo Carmen.
Recent highlights include Escamillo Carmen (Royal Opera House and The Grange Festival); his role debut as Figaro The Marriage of Figaro (Opera North); his house debut at Nederlandse Reisopera as Scarpia Tosca; Father Hansel and Gretel and Ford Falstaff (Scottish Opera); Escamillo Carmen, Speaker The Magic Flute and cover Renato Un ballo in maschera (Welsh National Opera); Jud Fry Oklahoma! (Grange Park Opera); and King Le Cid (Dorset Opera). In his native New Zealand, he has recently appeared as Don Pizarro Fidelio in concert with Auckland Philharmonia, in recital for New Zealand Opera, and as Judge Turpin Sweeney Todd, Giorgio Germont La traviata, and Scarpia in a new production of Tosca.
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Scottish Opera, July 2021
Phillip Rhodes impresses as the energetically suspicious husband Ford and his deceptive alter-ego, Mr Brook.
Mark Brown, The Telegraph
Phillip Rhodes, as the outraged husband Ford and his disguised alter-ego Mr Brook, captures, in song and gesture, the power and energetic humour of his character’s misguided suspicion.
Mark Brown, The National
Phillip Rhodes sings Ford with unusual lyricism and warmth, almost enough to make this rotter sympathetic.
Simon Thompson, The Times ****
Phillip Rhodes [was] an outraged Ford, delightfully scheming as Mr Brook
David Smythe, Bachtrack ****
…Phillip Rhodes (Ford), Elgan Llŷr Thomas (Fenton), Aled Hall (Dr Caius) and Jamie MacDougall (Bardolph) all played their part in this happy mosaic.
Andrew Clark, Opera Magazine
Don Pizarro, Fidelio
Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, May 2021
The rest of the cast acquitted themselves well. The best of them was Phillip Rhodes as the malevolent Pizarro, with a beautiful round baritone that he used to sail through the extremes of his vengeance aria without strain, yet still giving the character’s baleful personality its due.
Simon Holden, Bachtrack
Father, Hansel and Gretel
Scottish Opera, February 2021
[Nadine Benjamin] is matched with a beautifully sung father in Phillip Rhodes. Both here make their company debuts, and I hope we see them both again soon
Simon Thompson, Bachtrack, 10 February 2021
The singing is top class too, with company debuts for Phillip Rhodes, who brings vocal power and real charm to The Father
Keith Bruce, VoxCarnyx, 10 February 2021
Phillip Rhodes’s (beautifully sung) Father
Neil Fisher, The Times, 9 February 2021
The baritone Phillip Rhodes’s Father encapsulates the humour of David Pountney’s English translation of the libretto
Mark Brown, The Telegraph, 5 February 2021
Phillip Rhodes's well-produced baritone made a lusty impression as the Father…
Opera Magazine, April 2021
The Marriage of Figaro (Figaro), Opera North
The New Zealand baritone Phillip Rhodes relaxed into the title role immediately, despite taking it on for the first time. It fitted him like a glove. His Figaro retained unclouded optimism in the face of every setback, helped by warm, clear tone and eyebrows that crinkled with mirth at every excuse.
Opera Magazine, Martin Dreyer
Rhodes’s considerable acting skills and dark voice were just right for the part.
Bachtrack, Richard Wilcocks****
Phillip Rhodes was an outstanding Figaro: he has an impressive roster of roles to his name, and his flexible, finely coloured baritone blended beautifully with Fflur Wyn’s mercurial Susanne. Much thought had been given to their duets … their vocal intertwining was sublime.
MusicOMH, Melanie Eskenazi****
This cast is led by Rhodes and Wyn who have put on an excellent performance.
The Reviews Hub, Dawn Smallwood
Performances by the main cast are faultless. Phillip Rhodes gives a muscular performance as Figaro.
Manchester Evening News, Yakub Querishi
Carmen, Welsh National Opera
...Phillip Rhodes's Escamillo balanced bravado with charm.
Opera Magazine, Rian Evans, November 2019
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