A nice interview with Teddy Tahu Rhodes in Saturday's NZ Herald — "Hanging around with a doomed sailor". Since it was Australian performances which effectively launched his career, I can sort of indulge the Australians in their usual tendency to claim every New Zealand success as their own; but it's nice to remember that, ultimately, he's still ours at least as much as theirs. He's stunning in Billy Budd. Which I really do have to post about, but I have to review it elsewhere first. Anyway, in amongst the talk of Britten, Heggie and Previn is the news that, to the dismay of swooning fans of both genders, Teddy is to be married in December, to mezzo soprano Isabel Leonard, who was such a lovely Stéphano in the Met's Roméo et Juliette.
And it's a small world. Isabel Leonard is currently singing Zerlina at the Met. And who should be her Masetto but another gorgeous Antipodean baritone — Joshua Bloom, in his Met début. I'd love to hear from any readers in New York who can bring me reports of his performance, which I've no doubt was excellent. I just hope that this means there are further (and meatier) overseas roles on his near horizon, as it's the only way I could consider forgiving his total absence from our 2009 season.