Maestro Derrick Inouye has a uniquely impressive international background combining a wealth of experience on the orchestral podium with an array of increasingly important operatic engagements, performing with such prominent orchestras and opera companies as the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Nurnberg Opera, Opera Nice Cote D’Azur, the New Japan Philharmonic, the Monte Carlo Philharmonic, the Philharmonia of London, and the Orchestra of St. Lukes in New York.
This last season Maestro Inouye conducted three performances of the new William Kentridge production of Berg’s LULU at the Metropolitan Opera and Bartok’s BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE in Japan. In recent seasons, Maestro Inouye conducted Wagner’s WALKURE and SIEGFRIED in the Met’s new production of the Ring cycle directed by Robert Lepage and a new production of LA BOHEME in Nice. Maestro Inouye first enjoyed great acclaim for his debut at the Met conducting three performances of the premiere production of Berlioz’ BENVENUTO CELLINI. His success subsequently prompted the Met to re-engage him to conduct TOSCA, LA TRAVIATA, the new production of DON PASQUALE, THE MAGIC FLUTE and Berlioz’ DAMNATION OF FAUST. Guest conducting this past year included several engagements in Japan with the New Japan Philharmonic and the Seiji Ozawa Saito Kinen Festival, among others, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice. This year was also Maestro Inouye’s twelth year as the staff conductor for the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, a position which Maestro Levine asked him to undertake.