“ The tome and beguiling quality of Rhodes’ voice remains untouched. There is a velvet like richness… great resonance… a touching sense of fragility…”

– Limelight, 2021 –


A limited number of printed program books will be available for $10 each at the concert.

Mendelssohn’s Elijah

Mendelssohn’s Elijah is a ‘bigger than Ben Hur’ Biblical drama with a cast of hundreds. And Sydney Philharmonia Choirs is thrilled to bring it to you with operatic baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes in the title role and the 400-voice Festival Chorus filling the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall.

If you’re a fan of Handel oratorios, you’re in good company – so was Felix Mendelssohn. Elijah was his response to the English oratorio tradition, with its Old Testament story (earthquake! fire! and the ‘still small voice’) imagined for the concert hall. In its more reflective moments you can hear the worshipful influence of Bach. The result is a thrilling Romantic picture of a ‘grand and mighty prophet…borne on the wings of angels’, but it also conveys a very human drama with tremendous sympathy.

Whether you come for the sheer magnificence of the performance or for the powerful and moving drama, you’ll experience first-hand the triumphant choral masterpiece that inspired a generation.

Thursday 18 May at 7pm
Sydney Opera House Concert Hall

This performance will run for 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one 20-minute interval.


(Sung in English)


Brett Weymark conductor
Celeste Lazarenko soprano
Sian Sharp mezzo-soprano
Andrew Goodwin tenor
Teddy Tahu Rhodes baritone
Pacific Opera octet
Festival Chorus
Sydney Philharmonia Orchestra


Premium $135 | A $110 | B $85 | C $60 | D $45
Concessions $122 | A $96 | B $75 | C $55 | D $40
Under 30 $30
A booking fee of $8.95 per transaction applies.