Bass-baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes is one of Australia’s best loved singers – one whose repertoire runs through opera, musical theatre, folksong and even pop. A man with the common touch, his popularity has remained undiminished, taking in a wider and more loyal fanbase than perhaps any other classically trained vocalist in Australia. His partner at this event, Guy Noble, is equally cherished as a conductor, presenter, writer (he is a regular, witty contributor to Limelight with his month Soapbox column) and prized pianist and accompanist. Since this concert was announced by State Opera South Australia earlier in the year, the return of the Great Teddy has been eagerly anticipated.

Teddy Tahu Rhodes

From the opening familiar fanfare of Rossini’s Largo al factotum, the audience showed its appreciation. His voice is an instrument of great beauty and strength, having no trouble filling the hall. From here it was back to Handel’s Xerxesand the popular Ombra mai fu(commonly known as the Largo of Love). The tone and beguiling quality of Rhodes’ voice remains untouched. There...