“Canadian baritone Joshua Hopkins also gives a stunning portrayal of Marcello, the feisty painter who keeps falling in and out of love with Musetta. With his exacting diction and overall extroversion, he gives the impression of being a native Italian singer. Fans will remember him as Junius in last season’s The Rape of Lucretia. It’s thrilling to hear and see him in this secondary role.” Culturemap Houston, Theodore Bale, Oct. 20, 2012.

“Joshua Hopkins brings a robust voice and bold manner to the swaggering, impulsive Marcello.”  Houston Chronicle, Everett Evans, October 24, 2012.

“Musetta and Marcello were more successful as a pair, with Joshua Hopkins (also impressive recently with the Houston Symphony) singing with confidence and intensity…Hopkins’ firm, focused baritone laid a firm foundation. This made the Act III encounter between Mimì and Marcello the highlight of the evening, the pairing of van Kooten and Hopkins as perfect as could be.”  The Classical Music Network, Marcus Karl Maroney, October 19, 2012.

“Fortunately, the production is warmed with the heat from baritone Joshua Hopkins and soprano Heidi Stober as jealous lovers Marcello and Musetta. They supply the real juice in this production, and the opera breathes easy with them around. All their scenes together are infused with that on-again/off-again, can’t-live-with-’em/can’t-live-without-’em attitude…Hopkins equally impressed with his virile baritone and agile stage presence, always on the lookout for Musetta’s wandering eye.” Houstonpress.com, D.L. Groover, Oct. 22 2012.