Hidenori Inoue

Hidenori Inoue, bass-baritone, hails from Himeji, Japan. Hidenori will make his Hong Kong debut singing the role of Escamillio in Carmen, and with North Carolina Opera as Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte. The 2019–2020 season include Bonze in Madama Butterfly, Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Makoto Kobayashi in Jack Perla’s An American Dream, and Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte with nation wide opera houses in US including his debut with Virginia Opera, Pensacola Opera, Opera Omaha, Anchorage Opera and returning performance with Tulsa Opera and Opera Maine.

In 2018-19 he performed the roles of Leporello and Commendatore in Don Giovanni with Opera Steamboat, and the Bonze in Madama Butterfly with Virginia Opera and Opera Omaha. He reprised the role of Makoto Kobayashi in An American Dream at Anchorage Opera, returned to Tulsa Opera as the Commendatore in Don Giovanni, also making a role debut as Sarastro in The Magic Flute with Opera Maine. He was the bass soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Spartansburg Symphony and performs it in 2022 with the York Symphony. In 2020 Hidenori sang another Commendatore with Pensacola Opera, and returned to Tulsa Opera for the Bonze in Madama Butterfly. In 2021 he offers another Sarastro in The Magic Flute with North Carolina Opera and makes a role and company debut with MTM Hong Kong as Escamillo in Carmen. His engagement with Mill City Summer Opera as Sparafucile in Rigoletto was unfortunately canceled due to Covid-19.

In 2017-18 Hidenori sang the role of Timur in Turandot and covered the role of Méphistophéles in Faust with Tulsa Opera, followed by the role of 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. Other credits include 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.

In 2016, Inoue performed Monstre Cathos in Jacques Ibert’s Persée et Andromèdewith the Manhattan School of Music. Hailed as “the smoky-voiced bass” by the New York Times, this performance was listed in The New York Times as one of the Top 10 Vocal Performances of 2016.

Hidenori holds a Bachelor of Law degree from Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan and a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music.