Phillip Rhodes is appointed the first Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation Laureate

3 March 2023

Congratulations to Phillip Rhodes for being awarded this prestigious award from the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation, recognising his achievements as a classical singer in his career both in New Zealand and overseas. The Foundation was created by Dame Kiri in 2004, and is committed to assisting New Zealand singers in their performing careers with mentoring and financial support.

Phillip 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.

This season, he sang the title role of Macbeth with New Zealand Opera, and returns to Wellington Opera to sing the role of Enrico Lucia di Lammermoor, and to Scottish Opera as Escamillo Carmen.

You can listen to Phillip talk about Foundation and his profession here.

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