Hiroshi Matsui

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."

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.

The Japanese Bass is a permanent guest at the New National Theatre in Tokyo, where he performed amongst others Daland (Der fliegende Holländer), Bartolo (Le nozze di Figaro), Padre Giordano (La forza del destino), Lodovico (Otello) and Colline (La Bohème). 

He is member of the Saarländisches Staatstheater Saarbrücken, where he has worked out all great roles of his subject and which he brought to stage with extraordinary success. In 2012, he made his highly celebrated debut as Gurnemanz (Parsifal) there. He could enlarge his repertoire with roles such as Commendatore, Water Gobelin (Rusalka) and Tom (Un ballo in maschera), Sparafucile, Cesare  Angelotti, Eremit, Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Fiesco, Landgraf and Gessler (Giullaume Tell). In 2018-19, he will sing Zaccaria and will make his debut as Grenvil.

Hiroshi 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. 

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