Ottawa Citizen| NOVEMBER 24, 2010

Pembroke-bred baritone performs in New York, releases first solo CD
by STEVEN MAZEY

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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.

Hopkins, whose burnished voice and sensitive musicianship have won him many awards and a fast-developing international career, will be in Ottawa Sunday, to perform as a soloist in Bach’s St. John Passion with Les Voix Baroques and Orchestre Arion at Dominion-Chalmers Church, as part of the Ottawa Chamber Music Society concert series.

In New York City, where he and wife Zoe enjoyed the city’s sights, theatre and restaurants, he concluded his run Nov. 21 in Bernstein’s rarely performed 1983 opera A Quiet Place. It followed Hopkins’ debut last year with the Metropolitan Opera in the role of Ping in Puccini’s Turandot.