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Filipe Manu

Tenor

Biography

New Zealand tenor Filipe Manu makes 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.

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 is currently studying for a Masters Degree on the Opera Programme at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and is the GSMD 2018/19 Independent Opera Voice Scholar and a Samling Artist. His opera appearances include Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi) for Auckland Opera Factory, 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 Lensky (Eugene Onegin) for Days Bay Opera. At the Guildhall he has sung Lysander (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Ferrando.

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 has been 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).

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