As I'm sure you all know, Teddy Tahu Rhodes was Hayley's guest when she appeared Live in New Zealand and therefore features on her DVD.
According to the Classic FM schedule, Teddy's version of 'O Waly, Waly' will be broadcast tomorrow evening on Classic FM at approximately 8.26pm (BST). As ever, the precise timing has been known to vary!
Lol, Cathleen, his voice scared me too at first, but I actaully love it now. It's so deep and soulful. And it contrasts nicely with Hayley's pure, angelic voice. I don't like duets where both singers sound alike.
*** Away on "holiday" (a.k.a. swamped with homework!). Will be back soon! ***
NZSO and Teddy Tahu Rhodes Monday, 6 October 2008, 2:22 pm Press Release: NZ Symphony Orchestra
The NZSO and Teddy Tahu Rhodes: "The audience was clearly swept away by him - and not just the women!"
NZSO Media Release
The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra heralds in summer with two exhilarating programmes that will leave you feeling uplifted no matter what the weather brings!
What better way to celebrate the finale of the 2008 Season than with dynamic NZSO Music Director Pietari Inkinen. Inkinen returns to New Zealand to conduct The Pacific Blue Tour, with none other than NZ-born international superstar, bass-baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes.
'Most striking was Teddy Tahu Rhodes, making his Met debut as Ned Keene. This young New Zealand bass-baritone has generated a lot of buzz for his good looks, but it was his full, healthy singing that stole the show.' Washington Post, March 2008
Returning home for his first ever national tour with the NZSO, Teddy Tahu Rhodes needs no introduction to New Zealand audiences. He has rapidly established himself as a star of the operatic world. He recently sang his first acclaimed Don Giovanni for Opera Australia, the world premiere of Rachel Portman's The Little Prince, Count Almaviva and Lescaut (Manon Lescaut) for Houston Grand Opera, Papageno for Welsh National Opera and Escamillo for Dallas Opera. Rhodes made his debut at the New York Met as Ned Keene in Peter Grimes in March 2008, and now comes direct to New Zealand from performing the title role of Billy Budd in Sante Fe and Sydney.
For the Pacific Blue Tour, Teddy Tahu Rhodes will sing arias by Puccini, Bizet, Handel, Mozart, Rossini and Bellini and the NZSO presents Richard Strauss' magnificent Don Juan and Till Eulenspiegel, as well as Stravinsky's Petrouchka and David Farquhar's much-loved Ring Round the Moon Suite
'The audience was clearly swept away by him ¨C and not just the women!' The Australian
Music Director Pietari Inkinen will close the 2008 Season on a high, following a year of outstanding reviews:
'Pietari Inkinen¡ and his New Zealanders play like a world-class ensemble. Inkinen and company give a knockout account of the pulsing, shimmering, irresistibly stirring Eighth Symphony' The Star-Ledger
'Superb playing and brilliant conducting' The Dominion Post
'After interval, Inkinen's youth and vigour made one imagine how fresh and startling Mahler's First Symphony must have seemed in 1889. He zoomed between dynamic extremes and relished the mercurial mood-shifts¡' NZ Herald
THE PACIFIC BLUE TOUR
PROGRAMME VERDI La Forza del Destino Overture ROSSINI Largo al factotum from The Barber of Seville BELLINI Ah! per sempre io ti perdei from I Puritani MOZART The Marriage of Figaro Overture The Catalogue Aria from Don Giovanni PUCCINI Questo amor, vergogna mia from Edgar BIZET Toreador Song from Carmen R STRAUSS Don Juan and Till Eulenspiegel
PIETARI INKINEN Music Director TEDDY TAHU RHODES Bass-Baritone
Dates and Venues WELLINGTON Friday 24 October 6.30pm Michael Fowler Centre HAMILTON Thursday 30 October 8pm Founders Theatre AUCKLAND Friday 31 October 6.30pm Town Hall INVERCARGILL Tuesday 4 November 8pm Civic Theatre Preconcert talk 7.15pm DUNEDIN Wednesday 5 November 6.30pm Town Hall Preconcert talk 5.45pm CHRISTCHURCH Thursday 6 November 6.30pm Town Hall Preconcert talk 5.45pmIn a 19th century final concert, opera rubs shoulders with tone poems from Bavaria. Verdi's heroine in La Forze del Destino, forced to choose between her father and lover, suffers a tragic fate, foreshadowed in the dramatic overture by the use of the destiny theme. Richard Strauss' Don Juan and Till Eulenspiegel in turn graphically portray well known rakishness and a prankster's merry exploits. To complement the Verdi, the bass-baritone arias are in keeping with the drama of this programme.