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Filipe Manu

Tenor

Biography

New Zealand-Tongan tenor Filipe Manu made his Royal Opera debut in the 2018/19 Season as Hippolyt (Hippolytus) in Phaedra in the Linbury Theatre. In the 2019/20 Season he joins the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme and sings Gastone de Letorières (La traviata), First Prisoner (Fidelio) and Sailor (Tristan und Isolde) for The Royal Opera.

Manu has a Bachelor of Music degree and a Postgraduate Diploma with Distinction from the University of Waikato, where he studied with Dame Malvina Major. He has been a Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist with New Zealand Opera, and been selected for the inaugural Dame Malvina Major Opera programme and the Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation Singers’ Development programme. He also completed a Masters Degree on the Opera Programme at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he sang Lysander (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Ferrando. He was the GSMD 2018/19 Independent Opera Voice Scholar and a Samling Artist. His opera appearances include Arturo (Lucia di Lammermoor) and Pilade (Oreste) for Auckland Opera Studio, Ferrando (Così fan tutte) for Bloomsbury Opera and Tebaldo (I Capuleti e i Montecchi) and Don Ramiro (La Cenerentola) for West Green House Opera.

Manu’s notable concert appearances include Haydn’s Missa Sancti Nicolai with the Southbank Sinfonia, Messiah with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra under Nicholas McGegan, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella with the London Schools Symphony Orchestra and singing in a small ensemble in La Damnation de Faust with the London Symphony Orchestra under Simon Rattle. Competition successes including winning the IFAC Handa-Australian Singing Competition (also Audience Prize). He was runner-up in the New Zealand Lexus Song Quest and New Zealand Aria competitions and second runner-up in the Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Award (also Mozart Prize).

Photos

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Michael Mofidian as Minotaur and Filipe Manu as Hippolyt in Phaedra, The Royal Opera

Filipe Manu as Hippolyt in Phaedra, The Royal Opera

Hongni Wu and Filipe Manu in rehearsal for Phaedra, The Royal Opera

Antonio Pappano, soloists of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and Filipe Manu in rehearsal for Live from Covent Garden, 27 June 2020

Antonio Pappano, soloists of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and Filipe Manu in rehearsal for Live from Covent Garden, 27 June 2020

Blaise Malaba and Filipe Manu in rehearsal for Live from Covent Garden, 27 June 2020

Rehearsal for Fidelio, The Royal Opera

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Filipe Manu as Hippolyt and Hongni Wu as Phaedra in Phaedra, The Royal Opera

Filipe Manu as Hippolyt in Phaedra, The Royal Opera

Jacquelyn Stucker as Aphrodite, Hongni Wu as Phaedra and Filipe Manu as Hippolyt in Phaedra, The Royal Opera

Hongni Wu as Phaedra, Filipe Manu as Hippolyt, Patrick Terry as Artemis and Jacquelyn Stucker as Aphrodite in Phaedra, The Royal Opera

Filipe Manu as Hippolyt in Phaedra, The Royal Opera

Noa Naamat and Filipe Manu in rehearsal for Phaedra, The Royal Opera

Stephanie Wake-Edwards, Patrick Milne and Filipe Manu in rehearsal for Live from Covent Garden, 27 June 2020

Filipe Manu in rehearsal for Live from Covent Garden, 27 June 2020

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Production photo of Phaedra, The Royal Opera

Filipe Manu in rehearsal for Phaedra, The Royal Opera

Hongni Wu and Filipe Manu in rehearsal for Phaedra, The Royal Opera

Production photo of Phaedra, The Royal Opera

Patrick Terry as Artemis and Filipe Manu as Hippolyt in Phaedra, The Royal Opera

Filipe Manu as Hippolyt and Hongni Wu as Phaedra in Phaedra, The Royal Opera

Hongni Wu as Phaedra, Filipe Manu as Hippolyt and Jacquelyn Stucker as Aphrodite in Phaedra, The Royal Opera

Filipe Manu as Hippolyt and Hongni Wu as Phaedra in Phaedra, The Royal Opera

Filipe Manu in rehearsal for Phaedra, The Royal Opera

Blaise Malaba, Edmund Whitehead and Filipe Manu in rehearsal for Live from Covent Garden, 27 June 2020

Lise Davidsen and Filipe Manu in rehearsal for Fidelio, The Royal Opera