Filipe Manu is a New Zealand-Tongan tenor in his final year on the Jette Parker Young Artist programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
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 and both inaugural Opera programmes for the Dame Kiri Te Kanawa foundation and the Dame Malvina Major foundation.
Prior to leaving for London he was awarded the New Zealand Young performer of the year award and won Australasia's most prestigious singing competition the IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition.
In 2017, Filipe joined the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London as a member of the Opera Course studying his Masters of Music. Whilst in his final semester of study, Filipe made his company debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden later joining the Young Artist programme in the following season.
As of 2019, Filipe has been a Young Artist with the world-renowned Royal Opera House. Prior to the cancellation of the 2019/2020 season at the ROH, Filipe understudied Tamino in Die Zauberflote and performed Gastone and Erster Gefangener in La Traviata and Fidelio respectively. 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 include the Royal Opera House Stars Gala; singing along with Lisette Oropesa and Gerald Finely conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano, Christmas Gala Concert conducted by Mark Wigglesworth and an intimate recital of song and aria’s with Sir Antonio Pappano.
Away from the operatic stage, Filipe has made his soloist debut at both the Royal Albert Hall in Handel: Messiah and at Wigmore Hall in recital.
"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."