Hidenori Inoue, bass baritone, hails from Himeji, Japan. 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. Heday was the bass soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Spartansburg Symphony and reprises the work in 2022 with the York Symphony. In 2020, He sang another Commendatore with Pensacola Opera, and returned to Tulsa Opera for the Bonze in Madama Butterfly. He also recorded the role of Nourabad in Les Pecheurs de perles for InSeries Opera. This season he makes a role and company debut with MTM Hong Kong as Escamillo in Carmen followed by a role and company debut as Angelotti in Tosca with Opera Columbus. His debut as Colline in the film of La Bohème was a collaboration amongst Tri-Cities Opera, Opera Columbus, Omaha Opera and MTM Hong Kong. In 2021 Heday sings Fasolt in Das Rheingold with Virginia Opera, and in 2022 performs Sarastro in The Magic Flute with North Carolina Opera.
In 2018 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 Andromède with 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.