Filipe Manu holds a Bachelor of Music and a Postgraduate Diploma with Distinction from the University of Waikato, where he studied under the tutelage of Dame Malvina Major as a Sir Edmund Hillary scholar. A current student in the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Opera programme, he is studying towards his Masters in Music with world-renowned soprano Yvonne Kenny.
He has been selected as an artist for the London-based Samling Artist Programme for 2018 and 2019. A former Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist with New Zealand Opera, he was selected for both the inaugural Dame Malvina Major 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 has achieved notable success in aria competitions nationally and internationally, most recently winning the prestigious IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition in Sydney, where he also claimed the Audience Prize. In 2016 he was the runner up in both of New Zealand’s most prestigious competitions, the Lexus Song Quest and the New Zealand Aria. He has been the proud recipient of the Iosefa Enari memorial award, the Patricia Pratt scholarship, and the David Beattie scholarship.
He has recorded with New Zealand pop singer Anna Hawkins on the album Divine
and is featured on Dame Kiri Te Kanawa’s 2013 album Waiata
with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
Most recently, Filipe performed as a part of a small ensemble with the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle in Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust
and later made his solo debut at the Barbican Centre in Stravinsky’s Pulcinella
with the London Scholls Symphony Orchestra. Later in 2018 Filipe will perform Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan tutte
and in 2019 will take on the role of Lysander in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
with the Guildhall School. Donizetti, La fille du regiment, "Ah mes amis; Pour mon âme" Finals Concert of the 2017 IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition
Handel, Rodelinda. "Pastorello d’un povero armento" Finals Concert of the 2017 IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition