New Zealand-Tongan tenor Filipe Manu is one of the most exciting young talents to graduate from the world-renowned Jette Parker Young Artist programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. The recipient of the New Zealand performer of the year award and winner of Australia’s most prestigious singing competition, the IFAC Handa Singing Competition, Filipe will join the newly-founded ensemble of Konzert Theater Bern in the 2021/22 season, where he performs roles such as Arbace Idomeneo, Tebaldo I Capuletti e i Montecchi and Tamino Die Zauberflote. Future seasons see him return for Covent Garden for several leading roles and make his debut at Hamburg State Opera and the Opéra national de Paris.
During his time with the Royal Opera House, Filipe was seen as Gastone La Traviata,
Erster Gefangener Fidelio and Father/Charlie in The Seven Deadly Sins / Mahogonny Songspiel. Cancellations prevented Filipe’s role debuts in both the Turn of the Screw as Prologue/Peter Quint and Fenton in Falstaff. Concert and recital performances included the Royal Opera House Stars Gala; singing alongside Lisette Oropesa and Gerald Finley, conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano, Christmas Gala Concert conducted by Mark Wigglesworth, an intimate recital of song and arias with Sir Antonio Pappano and the Jette Parker Young Artist’s Summer Performance.
On the concert platform, Filipe made his debut at the Edinburgh International Festival in August 2021 by performing as the tenor soloist in the opening concert of the festival: Stravinsky’s Pulcinella under the baton of Dalia Stasevska, and as Officer Ariadne auf Naxos, conducted by Lothar Koenigs. He also appeared at the Royal Albert Hall in Handel’s Messiah and at Wigmore Hall in recital.
His formative training was gained at the University of Waikato through a Bachelors of Music and postgraduate diploma and on the Dame Malvina Major Young Artist programme with New Zealand Opera. He is a former member of the New Zealand Opera school, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Opera School and both inaugural Opera programmes for the Dame Kiri Te Kanawa foundation and the Dame Malvina Major foundation.
"New Zealand-Tongan tenor Filipe Manu, whose future already looks secure in those fiendishly high-lying Rossini and Donizetti roles to judge from the insouciant top D he interpolated into one of his numbers here."
The Arts Desk
"the ever brilliant Filipe Manu solid as a rock on the top tenor line."