“Greatest respect deserved - and not for the first time - Hiroshi Matsui in the role of Gurnemanz. Being taken up entirely in the role, he offered vocally a true masterpiece. With impressive care and discipline he interpreted the very large bass part to the smallest detail elaborated and with great musical verse. Matsui is as a permanent member of the house of an invaluable asset and outdid himself again." (Klassik.com)
The Japanese bass Hiroshi Matsui studied singing at the Universität der Künste Berlin and had engagements at the Theater Würzburg and the Staatstheater Darmstadt. Guest engagements have taken him to France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Austria, Japan and Switzerland. In October 2002 he was hailed as König Marke (Tristan und Isolde) at the Salzburg Festspielhaus under the baton of Leopold Hager and the direction of Christian Pöppelreiter. He is a permanent guest at the New National Theatre in Tokyo, where he performed amongst others the role of Daland (Der fliegende Holländer), Bartolo (Le nozze di Figaro) and Lodovico (Otello). Matsui has worked with conductors such as Leopold Hage, Ralf Weikert, Hans Drewanz, Ulf Schirmer, Michael Boder, Marc Albrecht, Kazushi Ono, Ryusuke Numajiri and many more. Matsui is currently first bass at the Saarländisches Staatstheater Saarbrücken, where he worked out all great roles of his subject and which he brought to stage with extraordinary success. In March 2012 he gave his highly celebrated debut there as Gurnemanz (Parsifal). In the season 2015-16, he is singing in Saarbrücken the Commendatore in a new prodution of Don Giovanni, the Water Gobelin in Rusalka and Tom in Un ballo in maschera.