Press Release – Maori TV
The inspiring story of Philip Rhodes, a 31-year-old New Zealand baritone and rising star of the operatic world, premieres on Maori Television on Saturday, 19 November at 8.30pm.4 November 2011
From Flaxmere to the World – The Journey of Baritone Philip Rhodes
The inspiring story of Philip Rhodes, a 31-year-old New Zealand baritone and rising star of the operatic world, premieres on Maori Television on Saturday, 19 November at 8.30pm.
RHODES ACTOR SINGER traces Rhodes’ journey from suburban Flaxmere in the Hawke’s Bay to Europe as a student of acclaimed Kiwi soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.
The hour-long documentary explores how Rhodes overcame challenges and developed his talent in the demanding world of international opera, supported and encouraged along the way by Dame Kiri and the Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation.
Rhodes and his five sisters were adopted by a Flaxmere community leader’s family when he was five; his foster father, Henare O’Keefe recognised his potential as a performer and encouraged him to make the most of his talent.
In 2005, that talent was recognised when Rhodes won the Lockwood Aria and then in 2007, the Lexus Song Quest. These wins brought him to the attention of the Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation, which awarded him a grant to study at the prestigious Cardiff International Academy of Voice.
Rhodes recently performed at Auckland’s Vector Arena as part of Dame Kiri’s Gala Concert, which also screened on Maori Television.
RHODES ACTOR SINGER includes interviews with key people in Rhodes’ life, from his father Henare, his high school teacher Ken Keys and his first singing teacher, Jim Tobin. Dame Kiri discusses the story of her six-year-old foundation and how it has evolved to support young singers and musicians and propel them to international success.
RHODES ACTOR SINGER is screening as part of Maori Television’s 2011 Pakipumeka Aotearoa series of New Zealand documentaries on Saturday nights.
Maori Television has a great range of local and international feature films and documentaries screening in the coming weeks, including:
• MAORI BOY GENIUS – Saturday 12 November, 8.30pm
• AFTER THE WEDDING – (repeat) Saturday 12 November, 9.30pm
• SERAPHINE – Sunday 13 November, 8.30pm
• RHODES ACTOR SINGER – Saturday 19 November, 8.30pm
• THE RAINBOW WARRIORS OF WAIHEKE ISLAND – (repeat) Saturday 19 November, 9.30pm
• THE EDGE OF HEAVEN – Sunday 20 November, 8.30pm
• GOODBYE BAFANA – Sunday 27 November, 8.30pm
• DANCING IN THE SKY – (repeat) Saturday 3 December, 8.30pm
• IN THIS WORLD – (repeat) Saturday 3 December, 9.30pm
• MAN ON THE MOON – Sunday 4 December, 8.30pm
• THIS WAY OF LIFE – (repeat) Sunday 11 December, 8.30pm
• FOREVER FEVER – (repeat) Saturday 17 December, 10pm
RHODES ACTOR SINGER explores the journey of a young opera singer from the Hawke’s Bay to success on the world stage on Maori Television on 19 November at 8.30pm.