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Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium appoints world-renowned baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes

Teddy Tahu Rhodes has been appointed to the University of Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium where he will play a leading role in its Classical Voice department.

Internationally celebrated opera singer, Teddy Tahu Rhodes has been appointed to the historic Elder Conservatorium of Music at the University of Adelaide.

Teddy will be joining the Classical Voice program at the University of Adelaide, working alongside Associate Professor Carl Crossin OAM and the talented vocal staff, in close alignment with the Music Theatre program spearheaded by George Torbay AM.

“I’m humbled and excited to be joining the wonderful staff at the Elder Conservatorium of Music,” Teddy Tahu Rhodes said.

“In the formative years of my own study I had amazing mentors and tutors, people I still remember vividly because of their influence on the career path I eventually took.

“I feel privileged to now be in the position to support other students and feel a great sense of responsibility to inspire and mentor a new generation of young singers at Elder.”

Working as an opera, musical and concert singer in major venues across the globe, Tahu Rhodes brings more than 25 years’ experience to the role.

Professor Anna Goldsworthy, Director of the Elder Conservatorium of Music made the exciting announcement over socials.

“I am delighted to announce the appointment of Teddy Tahu Rhodes to the Elder Conservatorium of Music,” she said.

“He brings a comprehensive knowledge of operatic repertoire to the Elder Conservatorium, alongside strong relationships with opera companies, producers, singers, musicians, and conductors, and a record of supporting younger singers.”

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Born in New Zealand, Teddy has performed in leading opera companies in places like San Francisco, Austin, Chicago, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Hamburg State Opera, the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, Welsh National Opera and Scottish Opera.

He has also enjoyed cross-over success in Music Theatre, with star turns in Opera Australia’s productions of South Pacific and The King and I.

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“He brings a comprehensive knowledge of operatic repertoire to the Elder Conservatorium, alongside strong relationships with opera companies, producers, singers, musicians, and conductors, and a record of supporting younger singers,” says Professor Anna Goldsworthy.

The Elder Conservatorium of Music has been the home of music education in South Australia; educating artists since 1898. Not only is it one of the most established and forward-looking musical institutions in this country, seeding the teachers and artists of the future.

The passionate, talented staff operate across the disciplines of classical performance, jazz, popular music, composition, musical theatre, music education, musicology, sonic arts, and at the centre for Aboriginal Studies in music.

As well as this exciting appointment to the Elder Conservatorium of Music, he will be a guest performer at the University’s Waite 100 gala event on 4 May, in celebration of the campus’ anniversary.

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