Tenor talent takes to stage

Tenor Filipe Manu.

Tauranga music lovers will be treated when the Opus Orchestra returns to the Baycourt Community & Arts Centre on Sunday, September 13.

Conducted by Peter Walls, the concert celebrates the orchestra’s partnership with the University of Waikato’s Conservatorium of Music and will feature talented young tenor Filipe Manu.

The orchestra says the young tenor will perform popular operatic arias, including pieces by Mozart, Donizetti and Lehar.

“Opus will continue including a major work from the classical repertoire with Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 (the ’Great), renowned for its eloquence and majestic melodies.

“While the centenary of the birth of one of New Zealand’s greatest composer, Douglas Lilburn, will be marked with his ‘Aotearoa’ overture.”

Born in Australia and of Tongan decent, Filipe is currently studying towards BMus in Performance Voice at the conservatorium, under the tutelage of noted singer Dame Malvina Major.

He’s a former member of the New Zealand Youth Choir, toured extensively across North America, and rubbed shoulders on stage with the likes of Dame Malvina and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.

Opus Orchestra has been providing symphonic music of a high standard to the Waikato/Bay of Plenty region since 1991, and plays a vital role in the cultural life there.

The Opus Orchestra with conductor Peter Walls and tenor Filipe Manu perform at the Baycourt Community & Arts Centre on Sunday, September 13, at 2pm. For more information visit: www.opusorchestra.org.nz