Hidenori Inoue, bass baritone, hails from Himeji, Japan. In 2021-2022 he made a role and company debut as the title role of Boito’s Mefistofele with Knoxville Opera, which was reviewed “…a bass-baritone with vocal power and richness…a warm, lithe voice that is full of charming smoothness through his range…Inoue is a marvelous actor…able to turn his comfortable physicality into his character’s sensuousness.” -Arts Knoxville. He also made a role and company debut with MTM Hong Kong as Escamillo in Carmen, followed by a role and company debut as Angelotti and cover Scarpia 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, and sang Fasolt in Das Rheingold with Virginia Opera. In 2022 performs Don Fernando in Fidelio with Austin Opera followed by Kubon Chino Otogawa(Cover) in The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs with Austin Opera and Lyric Oepra of Kansas City, and Sarastro in The Magic Flute with North Carolina Opera.
In coming 2022-2023 season, he will make company debut as colline with Nashville Opera followed by Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola with Kentucky Opera and Bonze in Madame Butterfly with Opera New Orleans.
In 2019-2020, He sang another Commendatore with Pensacola Opera, and returned to Tulsa Opera for the Bonze in Madama Butterfly and Opera Omaha. He also recorded the role of Nourabad in Les Pecheurs de perles for InSeries Opera.
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. He reprised the role of Makoto Kobayashi in An American Dream at Anchorage Opea and Virginia 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 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. He made a debut with Marvel for Netflix series “Daredevil” Season 2.