Joshua Hopkins

Baritone

Biography

Chosen by OPERA NEWS as one of twenty-five artists poised to break out and become a major force in the coming decade, Canadian baritone Joshua Hopkins has been hailed as “…an outstanding young baritone with a virile, vigorous yet velvety sound and an immediately evident dramatic authority” (The Globe and Mail).

In the 2016-2017 season, Joshua Hopkins will return to Houston Grand Opera as Harry Bailey in the world-premiere of Jake Heggie’s It’s a Wonderful Life, directed by Leonard Foglia and conducted by Patrick Summers. Additional returns include Washington National Opera as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro conducted by James Gaffigan, and the Canadian Opera Company as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, conducted by Bernard Labadie. Other performances include a role and house debut as the title role in Don Giovanni at Utah Opera, and a return to Santa Fe Opera as Dr. Falke in a new production of Die Fledermaus. Concert highlights include an appearance with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at Alice Tully Hall, performing Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel and select Scottish National Songs by Weber and an appearance with Chamber Music Hamilton, performing pieces by Barber and Butterworth. Future seasons will see Joshua’s return to the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and an exciting debut with San Francisco Opera.

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Reviews

“He owns a gorgeous voice, a voice with gold in it. I am not talking about its bankability, but rather its tone…this young Hopkins is one of those golden singers, and he filled the Koch Theater with this gold, this glow.”

Jay Nordlinger

The New Criterion

“The drastic change, however, concerns the Count himself, whose promiscuity, in the context of 1970s ideas about open sexuality, originally turned him into a greater social rebel than Figaro. In a superbly judged performance, however, Joshua Hopkins makes him sinister as well as sexy.”

Tim Ashley

The Guardian