South African/Portuguese soprano Filipa Van Eck studied at the University of Cape Town, and at the Royal College of Music International Opera School as the Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Scholar.
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.
On the operatic stage Filipa has performed Maria West Side Story and Valencienne Die lustige Witwe for Cape Town Opera; Sabine Adriano in Siria for the Classical Opera Company; Susanna Le nozze di Figaro, Lisetta La Gazzetta ,Gabrielle La Vie Parisienne, L’Enfant L’Enfant et les Sortilèges and Laurette Le Docteur Miracle at the RCM; the title role In Arianna in Creta and Rosmene Imeneo for the London Handel Festival; Barbarina The Little Green Swallow by Jonathan Dove for British Youth Opera; Micaela Carmen and Susanna Le nozze di Figaro for Woodhouse Opera and Poppea L’incoronazione di Poppea for English Touring Opera. During her studies at the University of Cape Town, Filipa performed the title role in Cunning Little Vixen, Corinna Il viaggio a Reims and Belinda Dido and Aeneas in collaboration with Cape Town Opera.
Recent highlights on the concert platform include Britten’s Les Illuminations at the Royal Festival Hall, Schubert’s Der Hirt auf dem Felsen at the Cadogan Hall, Vaughan-Williams Sea Symphony and Mozart Requiem with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra.
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"She already has quite a burnished, thrilling tone to her lyric soprano. Both her acting and the quality of her singing in her feigned mad scene in the last act enabled her to command the stage. She is also blessed with a sultriness – and looks amazing in a swimming costume–which should make her a gift to casting directors."
Miranda Jackson, Opera Brittania
"The singers were dominated by the delightful Susanna of Filipa van Eck. Spirited, playful and technically rock-solid, hers was a delicious performance.”
"Filipa Van Eck gave the finest performance of the evening.”
John Allison, Daily Telegraph
"Filipa van Eck increasingly stole the show as the glovemaker, Gabrielle, whether in her assumed guise as Austrian military widow - cue a good number of Alpine jokes – or as the naval wife of Bobinet’s assumed admiralty. Her vocal performance was equally impressive: definitely one to watch.”
"Filipa van Eck is really natural on stage, ultra smiley, ebullient and plucky, with a lovely youthful lyric voice that seems right in line with the traditional picture we have of Susanna... she's a good actress, has a very fine voice and was clearly the centre of the show. A real charmer!"