Archive for November 30th, 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.