Hidenori Inoue, Bass, hails from Himeji, Japan.
In 2017-18 he debuted the role of Timur in Turandot and covered the role of Méphistophéles in Faust with Tulsa Opera. Most recently he sang Makoto Kobayashi in the east coast premiere of Jack Perla’s An American Dream and the Baron in La Traviata with Opera Maine. He was also heard as Padre Guardiano and the Marquis in Verdi’s La forza del destino with New Amsterdam Opera, and Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola with New York City’s ARE Opera.
2018-19 engagements include the roles of Leporello and Commendatore in Don Giovanni with Opera Steamboat, the Bonze in Madama Butterfly with Virginia Opera and Opera Omaha, a reprise of his role in An American Dream at Anchorage Opera, a return to Tulsa Opera as the Commendatore in Don Giovanni, a role debut as Sarastro in The Magic Flute with Opera Maine and North Carolina Opera, and yet another Commendatore with Penscola Opera. He debuted with the Spartansburg Symphony as bass soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and will be heard in the same work with the York Symphony in 2020.
In 2016–2017, Hidenori sang the title role of Don Pasquale with the Manhattan School of Music, Pistola in Falstaff with the Italian La Musica Lirica, Benoit and Alcindoro in Puccini’s La Bohème with International Vocal Arts Institute, and 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 performed 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.
Mr. Inoue holds a Bachelor of Law degree from Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan and a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music.