Yasushi Hirano studied in his hometown Tokyo, completing his education with honors in 2007 with a postgraduate degree at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.
He first appeared at the Salzburg Festival in Hans Werner Henze’s world premiere of Gogo no eiko under the baton of Gerd Albrecht and subsequently joined the ensemble of the Opera in Graz, where he could be heard in roles such as The Hermit (Der Freischütz), Samuel (Un ballo in maschera), and First Apprentice in Alban Berg’s Wozzeck. He sang the roles of Phorbas and Pan in the Austrian premiere of Marin Marais’ Alcione, and interpreted the Voice of Neptune in Mozart’s Idomeneo at the styriarte Festival under Nikolaus Harnoncourt, with whom he also collaborated as Micha in Smetana’s The bartered Bride.
He gave his debut at the New National Theater in Tokyo in 2010 as Der Geisterbote in Richard Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten, returning in 2012 as Leporello in Mozart’s Don Giovanni as well as King in Verdi’s Aida in 2013.
In 2008/09 Yasushi Hirano joined the ensemble Volksoper Vienna, where he has since interpreted roles such as the title role in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte, Alidoro in La Cenerentola, Zuniga in Carmen, Sparafucile in Rigoletto, Ferrando in Il Trovatore, Colline in La Bohème, Bonzo in Madama Butterflyand Timur in Turandot, just to name a few.
Besides opera, Yasushi Hirano also enjoys a successful career as concert singer, appearing at prestigious concert halls such as the Berliner Philharmonie, the Wiener Konzerthaus, the Smetana Hall in Prague or the RAI Auditorium in Turin. He made his debut at the Wiener Musikverein as soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 along with the Tonkünstler Orchestra conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada, and appeared as Mephisto in Schumann’s Szenen aus Goethes Faust under Dirk Kaftan.
Yasushi Hirano’s further engagements include appearances in Verdi’s Alzira as well as Sparafucile in Rigoletto and Ferrando in Il Trovatore, all of them under the baton of Gustav Kuhn in Erl. In 2015 and 2016 he could be heard as Mandarino in Puccini’s Turandot at the Bregenz Festival, where he also returned in 2017 and 2018 as Zuniga in Bizet’s Carmen.
After his successful debut as The Hermit in Carl Maria von Weber’s Der Freischütz in 2014, Yasushi Hirano returned to the Austrian Oper Burg Gars Festival in 2019 for the role of Don Fernando in Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fidelio.
Recent engagements at the Volksoper Vienna comprise, among others, Sparafucile in Verdi’s Rigoletto, his debut as Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte as well as the part of Truck in a new production of Jacques Offenbach’s King Carrot. With the Strauss Festival Orchestra Vienna, Yasushi Hirano toured to Japan under the direction of Peter Guth and appeared as soloist in Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem together with the Japan Century Symphony Orchestra in Osaka. At the Wiener Musikverein, he further appeared in Giuseppe Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with the Tonkünstler-Orchestra under the baton of Yutaka Sado. In addition, Yasushi reprised the role of Geisterbote (The Messenger of Keikobad) in Richard Strauss’ Die Frau ohne Schatten in the frame of two concert performances of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski in Berlin and Bukarest.
2020 | 2021
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Giuseppe Verdi: Alzira
Yasushi Hirano, Francesco Facini, Thomas Gazheli, Joshua Lindsay, Ferdinand von Bothmer, Junko Saito et al.
Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento | Instituto Corale ed Orchestrale di Dobbiaco
Conductor: Gustav Kuhn
Director: Andreas Leisner
Label: C&S Entertainment | 2013
Bedřich Smetana: Die verkaufte Braut
Dorothea Röschmann, Yasushi Hirano, Elisabeth Kulman, Elisabeth von Magnus, Bibiana Nwobilo, Kurt Streit, Ruben Drole et al.
Chamber Orchestra of Europe | Arnold Schönberg Chor
Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Director: Philipp Harnoncourt
Label: Styriarte | 2012
Hans Werner Henze: Gogo no Eiko
Mari Midorikawa, Yasushi Hirano, Kwang-Il Kim, Zvi Emanuel-Marial, Teruhiko Komori, Tsuyoshi Mihara, Juin Takahashi
Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai
Conductor: Gerd Albrecht
Label: Orfeo | 2009
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Idomeneo
Saimir Pirgu, Yasushi Hirano, Marie-Claude Chappuis, Julia Kleiter, Eva Mei, Jeremy Ovenden, Rudolf Schasching
Concentus Musicus Wien | Arnold Schönberg Chor
Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Director: Nikolaus & Philipp Harnoncourt
Label: Styriarte | 2009
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Mass in C Minor, KV 427
Regula Mühlemann, soprano
Juliette Mey, mezzo-soprano
Jan Petryka, tenor
Yasushi Hirano, bass
Il Canto di Orfeo, Les Musiciens du Prince — Monaco
Gianluca Capuano, Musical Director