2017 Winner: Filipe Manu
Filipe Manu was named the winner of the Marianne Mathy Scholarship after his stunning performances of Ah mes amis; Pour mon âme and Pastorello d’un povero armento accompanied by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dr. Nicholas Milton.
At the 2017 IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition Filipe Manu won:
The Marianne Mathy Scholarship ('THE MATHY')
AUD $30,000 to assist with a program of study and/or singing activity
The winner of The Mathy will also receive:
1. Audition Prize from Lyric Opera of Chicago's Ryan Opera Center: an opportunity to audition for Lyric Opera of Chicago’s professional artist-development program, The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, in Chicago. Date to be mutually agreed upon; singer responsible for travel and lodging.
2. Fine Music 102.5 Recording Session - One-hour studio recording from Fine Music 102.5.
3. Lili Ussher Prize Portrait painting of the winner in concert dress.
4. Oral History Award Taped interview by oral historian Diana Ritch will be recorded and retained within the Oral History Collection of the National Library of Australia.
5. The Mathy Limited edition Drago Marin Cherina sculpture presented by Music & Opera Singers Trust Ltd (MOST®).
Filipe received a Bachelor of Music (BMus), majoring in Classical Performance at the University of Waikato under the tutelage of Dame Malvina Major. Filipe’s accolades include:
Runner-up in the Lexus Song Quest
Recording on Dame Kiri Te Kanawa’s Album of Maori Songs
Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar
Gina Sanders Trophy Winner
Performing Arts Competitions Association of New Zealand Inc (PACANZ) – National Performer of the Year – Vocal Section
In September 2017, Filipe will start his studies at the Guildhall School of Music in London in the Opera Studies stream where he will learn from Yvonne Kenny.
Adjudicators are continually impressed by the high standard overall, and the exceptional technical ability and maturity displayed by these young musicians.