B i o g r a p h y
Filipa van Eck is a classically trained singer of South African/Portuguese descent.
She graduated from London's Royal College of Music's International Opera School
in 2014. There she was named the Kiri Te Kanawa Scholar and was also supported by
the Toeman Weinberger Award.
Filipa successfully completed a Masters in Vocal Performance with distinction
and Artist Diploma in Opera at the RCM. There, under the guidance of Janis Kelly,
she sang in masterclasses with Dame Anne Evans, Christine Brewer, Roger Vignoles
and Jonathan Lemalu; as well as worked with directors such as Paul Curran,
James Bonas, Jean Claude Auvray and John Copley.
Among Filipa’s recent and future engagements include the Opera Highlights Tour with Scottish Opera; Mercedes Carmen in a new production for the Grange Festival; Maria West Side Story in a revival and tour for Cape Town Opera; her debut at Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos in Zemlinsky's Der Zwerg directed by Nicola Raab, and the role of Giulia in Niccolo Porpora's L'Agrippina for the Barber Institute in 2017.
Other recent appearances include the Valencienne Die Lustige Witwe and Maria West Side Story for Cape Town Opera; Barbarina in Jonathan Dove’s The Little Green Swallow for British Youth Opera; and Sabina Adriano in Siria by J. C. Bach for the Classical Opera Company in London. Filipa made her debut for English Touring Opera in the Autumn of 2013, singing the role of Poppea in Monteverdi's Coronation of Poppea. Other performances include: Britten’s Les Illuminations at the Royal Festival Hall, and Schubert's Der Hirt auf dem Felsen at both Cadogan Hall and The Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall. For the London Handel Festival she performed Rosmene in Handel’s Imeneo, and Arianna in Handel's Arianna in Creta conducted by Laurence Cummings.
Filipa is a Samling Scholar and Britten Pears Young Artist and took part in the Wolf Lieder course with Imogen Cooper and Wolfgang Holzmair in July 2014. At the RCM Filipa performed the roles of Laurette in Bizet’s Le Docteur Miracle, Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Fortuna in Monteverdi’s L’incorornazione di Poppea, Gabrielle in Offenbach’s La Vie Parisienne, L'enfant in Ravel's L'enfant et les Sortileges, and Lisetta in Rossini's La Gazzetta.
Prior to London, Filipa began her musical studies at the University of Cape Town completing a Bachelor of Music in Western Classical Performance and Postgraduate Diploma in Opera. She was placed on the Dean’s Merit list throughout.
In South Africa, Filipa's operatic roles included: Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Vixen in Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen, Corinna in Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims, and Lucy Lloyd in the premiere of Words from a Broken String (part of the 5:20 operas) by South African composer Peter Klatzow. Soloist performances were given in Mozart’s Requiem for Cape Town Opera, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Brahms’ Requiem and Vaughn Williams’ Sea Symphony with The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra.