New Zealand-born Filipe Manu is currently on the Guildhall School of Music & Drama Opera Course, studying with world-renowned soprano Yvonne Kenny. A former Dame Malvina Major Foundation (DMMF) Emerging Artist with New Zealand Opera, he was chosen in the inaugural DMMF Opera programme and the Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation Singers’ Development programme. He is a proud alumni of both the New Zealand Opera School and the New Zealand Youth Choir. Filipe was awarded the 2018 Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation scholarship for Outstanding Potential in the Lexus Song Quest and was the winner of the 2017 Australian Singing Competition and in 2016 the runner up in both of New Zealand’s most prestigious competitions, the Lexus Song Quest and the New Zealand Aria. Operatic roles include Rinuccio Gianni Schicchi (Auckland Opera Factory); Romeo I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Arturo Lucia di Lammermoor, Pilades Oreste and Milord L’italiana in Londra (Auckland Opera Studio); Don Curzio Le nozze di Figaro (Bloomsbury Opera); Tebaldo I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Lensky Eugene Onegin (Days Bay Opera); Count Almaviva Il barbiere di Siviglia and Nemorino L’elisir d’amore (New Zealand Opera); Daniel Betly, First Man in Armour and First Priest Die Zauberflöte (University of Waikato); and excerpts from La fille du régiment, La Cenerentola, Hamlet, Capriccio and Die Fledermaus (GSMD).
Photo: Filipe Manu at the Samling Artist Programme Masterclass, November 2018. Photo credit: Mark Savage
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