Hidenori Inoue is a Bass from Himeji, Japan, known principally for his strong vocal technique and flexibility of repertoire, as well as articulate acting skill. Singing the role of Timur in Turandot, Hidenori made his debut with Tulsa Opera this season, and also performed his first Leporello in Don Giovanni with Opera Steamboat on August 2018.
Upcoming performances for the 2018–2019 season include Makoto Kobayashi in Jack Perla’s An American Dream with Anchorage Opera, Bonze in Madama Butterfly with Virginia Opera, a return performance as Don Giovanni’s Commendatore with Tulsa Opera and his role debut as Vodník in Rusalka with Opera Steamboat.
He will debut with Opera Omaha as Bonze in Madama Butterfly in the 2019-2020 season.
In a robust 2017–2018 season, Hidenori covered the role of Méphistophéles in Faust with Tulsa Opera; he also sang as Makoto Kobayashi in Perla’s An American Dream (East coast premiere) with Opera Maine, Barone in La Traviata with Opera Maine, Padre Guardiano and Marquis in Verdi’s La forza del destino with the New Amsterdam Opera; and Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola with New York City’s ARE Opera.
The 2016–2017 season saw Hidenori as the eponymous hero of Don Pasquale with the Manhattan School of Music, as well as Pistola in Falstaff with the Italian La Musica Lirica, Benoit and Alcindoro in Puccini’s La Bohème with International Vocal Arts Institute, and as Barbemuche in Leoncavallo’s La Bohème.
Voce di Meche lauded Inoue’s “deeply resonant” and “flawless” performance as Don Magnifico in 2017, writing: “In this wide range of emotion and behavior, there was not a false note, not vocally, not dramatically.” In 2016, Inoue executed the role of Monstre Cathos in Jacques Ibert’s Persée et Andromède with the Manhattan School of Music. Hailed as “the smoky-voiced bass” by The New York Times and “assertive” by Opera News, this performance was listed in The New York Times as one of the Top 10 Vocal Performances of 2016.
Hidenori Inoue is the finalist of 10th Moniuszko Vocal Competition in Warszawa, Poland in May 2019, 2018 Jensen Foundation’s competition and 2018 Butler Opera International Competition. He holds a Bachelor of Law degree from Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan, and a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music.