Japanese bassbaritone Yasushi Hirano studied at the Vienna University for Music and Arts, and with Rotraud Hansmann and Robert Holl, amongst others.
His first engagements took him to the German “Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg” and to the Salzburg Festival for the world premiere of Henze’s “The Betrayed Sea” in 2006.
During the 2007/08 season he was engaged as an ensemble member at Graz Opera; in 2008/09 the Vienna “Volksoper” became his new home base.
There, he sings a broad repertoire of operas by Mozart, Beethoven, Verdi, Puccini, Rossini and Borodin. For several years he has appeared as a guest at the NNT Tokyo.
Also, he performs regularly at Austrian festivals including “styriarte” Graz, where he sang in two opera productions conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, at the Bregenz Festival
and at another popular open-air festival at the medieval castle Burg Gars. Apart from opera, Yasushi Hirano likes to sing religious music by Bach, Brahms, Beethoven and Haydn.
Such concerts have taken him to Italy, the Netherlands, Serbia, the Czech Republic, Russia, Japan and Germany. In addition, he is much sought-after recitalist.
Often, his programs are dedicated to songs by Schubert, Schumann and Mahler and accompanied by his wife, Sayuri Hirano.
In 2017/18 season, sang Père Laurence of Volksoper Vienna’s new production of “Roméo et Juliette” composed by Berlioz, and Water Sprite of the repeat performances of “Rusalka”, Zuniga of “Carmen” on the lake stage of the Bregenz Festival, and as a soloist of “German Requiem” at golden hall of Musikverein Vienna.
In June 2018, he sang King René of “Iolanta” in the opening concert of the Russian Year and the Russian Culture Festival in Japan at Suntory Hall, Tokyo, performed by the Russian National Orchestra under the baton of Mikhail Pletnev