Archive for November 2010
La Scena Musicale | November 2010
Fast-rising Canadian baritone talks about life onstage and off
by JOSEPH K. SO
Even in the crowded field of up and com- ing Canadian singers, Joshua Hopkins stands out. He combines a beautiful lyric baritone with solid technique and innate musicality, used with grace and discerning taste. A fine actor, Hopkins’ engaging stage persona has made him popular with stage directors and audiences. A native of Pembroke, Ontario, Hopkins studied voice with William and Dixie Neill at McGill University. Early successes include prizes at the José Carreras Julián Gayarre Singing Competition, Plácido Domingo’s Operalia, ARD Musikwettbewerb (Munich), George London Foundation, Canada Council’s Sylvia Gelber Foun- dation prize, and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. Important engagements have come his way— Papageno opposite French diva Natalie Dessay’s first Pamina at the Santa Fe Opera, a role he reprised last summer, together with a devilishly funny Sid in Albert Herring, which drew critical raves. An impor- tant milestone last season was Hopkins’ Met debut as Ping in Turandot, seen live by satellite worldwide as part of the Met’s Live in HD. This fall, Hopkins takes on the role of Junior in Bernstein’s A Quiet Place at the New York City Opera, directed by Christopher Alden. Hopkins makes his home in Houston with his wife and fellow singer Zoë Tarshis.
Tour with Arion Baroque Ottawa Chamber Music Society
Tour with Arion Baroque Montreal Bach Festival – Église Saint-Viateur
“And the baritone Joshua Hopkins won your heart as the tormented, yet charming Junior. Mr. Alden has written that it was difficult to deal with this somewhat dated character: a gay man who is “punished” with mental illness. Yet Bernstein’s music ennobles and animates Junior, and with his mix of anguish and vitality, Mr. Hopkins […]
Ottawa Citizen| NOVEMBER 24, 2010
Pembroke-bred baritone performs in New York, releases first solo CD
by STEVEN MAZEY
It’s been a month of exciting back-to-back debuts for Pembroke-bred baritone Joshua Hopkins: in the same week in late October, he gave his first performance for New York City Opera in a musically challenging opera by Leonard Bernstein and he saw the release of Let Beauty Awake, his first solo recital CD, a collection of 20th-century songs for Montreal’s ATMA Classique label.
New York City Opera