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Sydney Philharmonia does Elijah this season

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs is delighted to announce a monumental performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah, featuring the internationally renowned operatic baritone, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, in the lead role. This singular event, scheduled for 7pm on Saturday, May 18, at the iconic Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, promises to be an unforgettable evening of music and drama. Under the direction of the esteemed Brett Weymark, audiences will experience the old testament tale of Elijah, brought to life through Mendelssohn’s profound musical composition.

At the heart of this performance is Teddy Tahu Rhodes, whose voice has captivated audiences across the globe for its “velvet like richness” and “great resonance,” aspects that have earned him accolades including the ARIA, Helpmann, and Limelight awards. Artistic Director Brett Weymark expressed his enthusiasm, noting that for the role of Elijah, “only one name comes to mind – Teddy Tahu Rhodes.” This performance not only showcases Rhodes’ magnificent talent but also embodies the grandeur of 19th-century music-making, enriched with the emotional depth and humanity that Mendelssohn embedded in his work.

Elijah remains a masterpiece, celebrated for its penetrating exploration of human determination and faith, played out through its captivating orchestration and choral arrangements. This production by the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, employing the powerful combination of a 400-voice Festival Chorus and a cast of exceptional soloists, is designed to mesmerize the audience with every note and emotion conveyed.

Beyond the enthralling music, this event is a unique opportunity to witness a cast of established and emerging talents, including Celeste Lazarenko, Sian Sharp, Andrew Goodwin, and a talented octet from Pacific Opera. This mix of experience and fresh enthusiasm promises to deliver an electrifying performance that will resonate with audiences long after the curtain falls.

Tickets are available starting at $45, with a concession price of $40, and a special offer of $30 tickets for individuals aged 30 years and under. This performance is a highlight of the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs’ 2024 Concert Season, which features an array of not-to-be-missed musical experiences. To secure your place at this historic event, and for more information about the 2024 season, visit

In an era eager for live, profound artistic experiences, Mendelssohn’s Elijah promises to be a beacon of cultural enrichment and pure enjoyment. Do not miss the chance to witness Teddy Tahu Rhodes in a performance that defines not just the power of music, but the enduring allure of storytelling through song.

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