Originally from Himeji, Japan, Bass-Baritone Hidenori Inoue is known for his strong vocalism as well as varied repertoire. He also stands out for his bold presence and skillful acting credits, including a role in the Netflix Original series “Daredevil” Season 2 with Marvel. And Mr. Inoue will make his Hong Kong debut in the role of Escamillio in Bizet’s Carmen this summer.
The 2020-2021 season includes debuts of the title role in Don Giovanni, Nourabad in The Pearl Fishers, and Colline in an innovative movie production of La Bohème with Opera Omaha, Tri-City Opera, Opera Columbus, and MTM Hong Kong. He also appears in three aria showcases with The Met Guild as Escamillio (Carmen), Commendatore (Don Giovanni), Ferrando (Il Trovatore) and Zaccaria (Nabucco). Due to COVID-19, all these performances will be presented virtually.
Mr. Inoue’s 2019–2020 season included Bonze in Madama Butterfly, Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Makoto Kobayashi in Jack Perla’s An American Dream, and Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte with various American opera houses, including debuts with Virginia Opera, Pensacola Opera, Opera Omaha, and Anchorage Opera. He sang as a returning artist with Tulsa Opera and Opera Maine.
In a busy 2017–2018 season, Hidenori debuted with Tulsa Opera singing the role of Timur in Turandot and covering the role of Méphistophéles in Faust. He also sang as Leporello in Don Giovanni with Opera Steamboat; Makoto Kobayashi in Perla’s An American Dream (East Coast Premiere) and 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 Lyric Opera.
In 2016, Mr. Inoue was hailed as “the smoky-voiced bass” by The New York Times and “assertive” by Opera News, for his role of Monstre Cathos in Jacques Ibert’s Persée et Andromède with the Manhattan School of Music. That performance was listed in The New York Times as one of the Top 10 Vocal Performances of 2016.
Hidenori Inoue was a finalist of the 2019 Giulio Gari Foundation Vocal Competition, the 2018 Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition, and of the 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.