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Singers gather accolades and trophies

Tenor Filipe Manu has won the Dame Malvina Major Foundation Dunedin Aria Competition.

Mr Manu, of Auckland, received $5000 from the Foundation and the Celebration of a Century Cup.

The 23-year-old tenor said he was “really happy” with the win.

“It was a lot of hard work.”

He needed to be in Auckland to rehearse for an opera today and planned to travel to New York and London for auditions later this year —  “To cast my net out and see what I get back.”

Runner-up Ms Wilson (22), of Auckland, received the Val Braumann Award of $2000 and the Chambers Family Tray.

Soprano Madison Nonoa (23), of Hamilton,  was third, and received the Hadley & Robinson Award of $1000.

Judges Choice Award winner soprano Laura Loach (28), of Timaru, received the Queen Rose Retirement Home Award of $250 and the Gaelic Society Trophy.

The audience of about 130  heard  the  10 finalists sing 20 arias.

Source: Otago Daily Times, by Shawn McAvinue


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