Featured Artists

Rhodri Clarke

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Rhodri Clarke graduated with first class honours from the Royal College Of Music, London in 2004.

He has lived in the Netherlands where he performed with members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and has toured extensively with tenor, Rolando Villazon’s Bolivar Soloists appearing with the group at the Berlin Philharmonie, London’s Royal Festival Hall and the Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris and also in Mexico, programs recorded for the Deutsche Grammaphon label.

He has also toured to Venezuela, with double bass player, Edicson Ruiz of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and accompanied Bryn Terfel at Carnegie Hall in New York. Other engagements as an accompanist have seen him perform at many prestigious European concert venues including London’s Wigmore Hall and also at the Lucerne International Music Festival.

As duo-pianist, with internationally renowned, David Helfgott, Rhodri has given performances of the two-piano version of the Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No3 at the Sydney Opera House and the Melbourne Recital Centre and, during 2017, at the Vienna Konzerthaus, at the KKL Hall in Lucerne, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and The Barbican Hall, London.

Henry Choo

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Regarded as one of Australia’s finest lyric coloratura tenors with a voice that displays great versatility across a range of styles, Henry was raised in the cultural city of Melbourne and originally trained as a pianist, violinist and boy soprano. He achieved an Associate Diploma in Singing and furthered his operatic studies at the Melba Conservatorium and the Australian National Academy of Music, as well as with late French repertoire specialist Susan Falk.

Henry is an alumnus of both the Young Artist Program of Opera Queensland and the Moffatt Oxenbould Young Artist Development Program of Opera Australia. He has received multiple Green Room Award nominations, most recently for his portrayal of Robert Leicester in Melbourne Opera’s production of Maria Stuarda.

Henry made his career debut in the role of Ernesto in Opera Queensland’s production of (Don Pasquale), and his principal debut with Opera Australia as the Italian Singer in (Der Rosenkavalier). Other major roles include Nemorino (L’elisir D’amore), Tamino (The Magic Flute), Acis (Acis and Galatea), Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Ferrando (Cosi fan tutte), Nadir (The Pearl Fishers), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Lysander (A Midsummers Night’s Dream), Lord Percy (Anna Bolena) and Baccus (Ariadne auf Naxos).
Henry has worked with the Symphony Orchestras of Melbourne, Sydney, Tasmania, Darwin, New Zealand, Christchurch, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Orchestra Victoria, Sydney Philharmonia, Australia Ensemble and Auckland Bach Musica.

In 2017 Henry made his world debut in the role of Ben (The Bone Feeder) with Opera NZ and Auckland Festival. Henry also sang with the Auckland Choral Society, Melbourne Bach Choir, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, NZ Bach Society, Robert (Robert Devereux) with Melbourne Opera, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.

In 2018 Henry will be recording his debut CD titled “Bright Poet” with the Wellington Symphony Orchestra, Sailor (Tristan and Isolde), Opera in the Vineyard for NZ Opera, Beethoven 9 with the WA Symphony Orchestra, world debut of works by Ross Harris with the Auckland Philharmonia Trust Orchestra, perform on the inaugural UK Bravo Cruise, Morning Melodies (Hamer Hall), Carmina Burana for Dunedin Symphony Orchestra, Australian Bravo Cruise and Handel’s Messiah with the Symphony Orchestras of Tasmania, WA and Adelaide.

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Teddy Tahu Rhodes


Bass Baritone

At the outset of his career Teddy Tahu Rhodes was a finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Award, and performed in the Young Songmakers Almanac Concert Series in London, in the Salt Lake City International Concert Series, and in recital in Japan. He represented New Zealand in the 1999 Cardiff Singer of the World competition.

Teddy has rapidly established an international career on both the opera stage and concert platform. He has performed with the opera companies of San Francisco, Austin, Washington, Philadelphia, Dallas, Cincinnati, Houston, Chicago and New York, Hamburg State Opera, Bavarian State Opera Munich, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Theater an der Wien in Vienna, Welsh National Opera and Scottish Opera.

A regular guest with all the major Australasian orchestras, engagements include recitals at Sydney’s Utzon Room and in Washington DC, three national tours with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, BBC Proms, London Philharmonic, WASO, QSO, TSO, MSO, NZSO and Auckland Philharmonia. He debuted at New York’s Carnegie Hall in 2009.

Recent seasons include Guglielmo – Così fan tutte and The Count – The Marriage of Figaro (Cincinnati, Opera Australia, Washington Opera), Lescaut – Manon Lescaut (Leipzig, OA), Escamillo- Carmen (Hamburg, Paris, Munich, Bilbao, Metropolitan Opera, OA), Stanley – A Streetcar Named Desire (Vienna, OA), Joe – Dead Man Walking, the title role in Don Giovanni (OA, West Australian Opera), Scarpia – Tosca (West Australian Opera), Emile de Becque -South Pacific and The King- The King and I , both Australian tours for Opera Australia. New roles include Méphistophélès – Faust (Opera Australia, South Australian Opera and West Australian Opera) and the title role in Sweeney Todd (Victorian State Opera, New Zealand Opera).

In 2018 Teddy commences recording his new CD, “I’ll Walk Beside You” with ABC Classics, Tosca (NZ Opera), Faure Requiem (Qld Symphony Orchestra), UK and Australian Bravo Cruises, William Tell and I Capuleti ei Montecchi (Victorian Opera), Bangalow Festival (Southern Cross Soloists) and Don Giovanni (WA Opera).

Accolades include an ARIA (Best Classical Record for The Voice) two Helpmann Awards/Best Male Operatic Performer for Dead Man Walking/State Opera of South Australia and in the Sydney performances presented by Andrew McManus/Alexander Productions) and the 2006 Limelight Award (Best Performance by a Soloist with an Orchestra for his performances with the ACO). Most recently he has been honoured with a Green Room Award for Best Male Artist in a Leading Role for his performance of Don Giovanni for Opera Australia plus a MO Award (Operatic Performer of the Year).

Peta Blyth

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Peta Blyth studied at the University of Queensland graduating with a First Class Honours degree in Music, with piano as a performance major and voice as secondary study. She was awarded the Sir Henry Abel Smith Scholarship and studied postgraduate singing at the Royal College of Music, London, where she also completed the two year Royal College of Music Opera Course.

Returning to Australia, she performed with the Australian Opera, making her principal role debut in Brian Howard’s Metamorphosis directed by Graeme Murphy. Subsequent roles with the Australian Opera included Papagena in The Magic Flute, Sophie in Werther, Barbarina in The Marriage of Figaro, Chava in The Fiddler on the Roof, First Niece in Peter Grimes and Jano in Jenufa.

Among her numerous understudies was the title role of Marie in The Daughter of the Regiment performed by Dame Joan Sutherland. Peta has also performed with the Lyric Opera of Queensland, in Hong Kong and in New Zealand as Musetta in La Boheme. As a concert artist, she has appeared as a soloist with the Queensland Orchestra and Queensland Philharmonic Orchestras and the Seymour Group in the title role of Sculthorpe’s Eliza Fraser.

Peta combines a career of performance, teaching and is demand as an adjudicator. For twelve year she has organised and performed in the annual event, Opera in the Paddock. As Artistic Director of Opera North West Ltd , she is committed to the performance of fine music in regional areas, organising and performing in numerous concerts across regional New South Wales.

With pianist David Miller, Peta released the CD Blyth Spirit. In 2010, she was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for contribution to the performing arts, particularly opera.

Ruth Strutt


Mezzo soprano

Ruth Strutt is an Australian mezzo-soprano of critical acclaim. A dynamic artist and musician, Ruth performs regularly on opera and theatre stages across the country.

Ruth hails from the icy climes of northern New South Wales and completed her Bachelor of Music at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2011. Since then, Ruth has enjoyed performing on many and varied stages across Australia performing opera, oratorio, music theatre, and stage plays. Ruth has sung numerous roles, including Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Alto in English Eccentrics, Pitti Sing in The Mikado, The Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos, and Ariodante in Ariodante. She most recently received rave reviews at the Sydney Fringe Festival for her portrayal of the Mother in The Things I Could Never Tell Steven.

Ruth is currently performing as a Principal Artist with Opera Australia, starring in the Great Opera Hits concert series. Ruth performing the role of Ferdinand in El Kid for both the Melbourne 2016 and Sydney 2017 Schools Tours, as well as a season at the Arts Centre Melbourne, and will be singing in the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour season of La Bohème in 2018. Ruth will also be singing the role of La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi for Opera Australia in Japan in late 2018.

Ruth is particularly passionate about Australian composition and new works. She has worked alongside composers such as Richard Peter Maddox, Elena Kats-Chernin, Guy Noble, Dan Walker, Sally Whitwell, and Benjamin Thorne. Ruth has premiered a number of new pieces, most recently Unbroken Stillness, These Men and Kubla Kahn by Richard Peter Maddox, The Aqueduct by Jennifer Game-Lopata at the Brisbane Restrung Festival, and God’s Drawing Board by Elena Kats-Chernin. She is affiliated with Opera Queensland, Opera North West, and Melbourne City Opera, being a featured artist in Opera at Langford and Opera in the Vines, as well as being the vocalist in the baroque improvisation quartet, Wondrous Machine.

Ruth also has extensive experience in choral music and vocal pedagogy. She has worked with Gondwana Voices and Sydney Childrens’ Choir and conducted the New England Singers and Cantilena Choirs at the New England Conservatorium of Music, as well as maintaining a large teaching studio at the Conservatorium. She has worked extensively with choral conductors Lyn Williams, George Torbay, Paul Holley, Mark O’Leary, and Dan Walker, and is passionate about sharing her love of music with younger singers.