Yasuo Horiuchi, baritone



As a result of winning several important singing competitions in Japan, Yasuo Horiuchi went to Italy to continue his studies at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, where he studied under Giovanna Canetti (1991-1994). This led to his winning numerous international competitions including the Toulouse, Vinas, Ricciarelli, Verdi, Gayarre and Bilbao competitions. In 1994 he made his debut at Teatro La Fenice in Venice as Schaunard in La Bohème.

After appearances at Teatro dell'Opera in Rome in the title roles of Macbeth with Francesca Patane and Rigoletto with Giusy Devinu (conducted by Paolo Carignani), he went on to perform the roles of Guglielmo (Così fan Tutte) at Teatro Gayarre in Pamplona, and Rigoletto at Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao. He appeared in the role of Rigoletto again at Teatro Cervantes in Malaga, in a performance conducted by Armando Gatto at the Greek National Opera in Athens, and at PalaFenice in Venice. He also performed the role of Zurga (Les Pecheurs de Perles) in Bilbao, in a performance conducted by Antonello Allemandi.

Since 1997, Horiuchi has regularly appeared in opera performances in Tokyo, singing in the roles of Germont (La Traviata) with Angela Gheorghiu; Macbeth, in a performance conducted by Anton Guadagno; Amonasro (Aida), in a new Franco Zeffirelli production; Marcello (La Bohème) with Mirella Freni, Roberto Aronica and Nicolai Ghiaurov, conducted by Stefano Ranzani; Renato (Un Ballo in Maschera) with Alberto Cupido and Maria Guleghina; Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor) directed by Henning Brockhaus; il Conte di Luna (Il Trovatore) with Fiorenza Cedolins, conducted by Daniel Oren; Rodrigo (Don Carlo) with Paoletta Marrocu, Franco Farina and Roberto Scandiuzzi in the original production, conducted by Daniele Callegari with scenery and costumes designed by Luchino Visconti; il Conte di Luna with Norma Fantini and Lando Bartolini, conducted by Giuliano Carella; and Ezio (Attila) in Biwako Hall (in the first performance of this opera in Japan).

Starting in the year 2000, Horiuchi gradually resumed his activities in Europe. He sang in a performance of Carmina Burana at the Musiktheatre in Malmo (Sweden); in the title role of Nabucco, conducted by Romano Gandolfi, in Busseto (in the 100th Verdi Anniversary); as Farfarello (L'Amour des Trois Oranges) directed by Benno Besson at Teatro Malibran in Venice; il Conte di Luna, conducted by Renato Palumbo at Teatro Lirico in Cagliari; Macbeth with Georgina Lukacs in the production of Henning Brockhaus-Josef Svoboda at Hungarian State Opera House in Budapest; Iago (Otello)conducted by Renato Palumbo at Teatro Lirico in Cagliari; Amonasro conducted by Daniel Oren at the New National Theatre Tokyo; in a concert with l'Orchestra & Coro of Arena di Verona in Brescia; as Monforte (I Vespri Siciliani) at Biwako Hall (the first performance of this opera in Japan); in a concert with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France conducted by Myung Whun Chung; in the role of Michonet (Adriana Lecouvreur) with Veronica Villarroel and Marcello Giodani; Rigoletto conducted by Riccardo Frizza in Tokyo; Amonasro with Franco Farina in Malta; Gianciotto (Francesca da Rimini) under the direction of Giancarlo Del Monaco at Teatro Verdi in Trieste and il Conte di Luna at The National Concert Hall of Dublin.

More recently, he performed the roles of Marcello with Barbara Frittoli and Giuseppe Filianoti; Ford (Falstaff) conducted by Alberto Zedda in Tokyo; and Iago with Antonello Palombi, conducted by Ryusuke Numajiri in Biwako Hall.

He has also received acclaim for his appearances as a soloist with major orchestras, in performances of Mahler’s Das Klagende Lied, Rossini’s Messe Solennelle, Faure’s Requiem, and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.

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Yasuo Horiuchi, baritone
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