Hidenori Inoue, Bass, hails from Himeji, Japan. He is known principally for his strong vocal technique and flexibility of repertoire, as well as articulate acting skill. Singing the role of Timur in Turandot and covering the role of Méphistophéles in Faust, Hidenori will make his debut with Tulsa Opera this season. Most recently he sang as Makoto Kobayashi in Jack 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 as Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola with New York City’s ARE Opera.
In the 2016–2017 season, Hidenori sang the title role 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.
Hidenori Inoue holds a Bachelor of Law degree from Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan, and a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music.