“That performance…was especially notable for the brilliant work of Joshua Hopkins as Papageno. An instantly engaging actor, his natural delivery and comic timing made the hapless bird-catcher more vivid than ever. The baritone’s singing was equally distinguished, rich and even in tone, uncommonly nuanced in dynamics. A class act all the way.” Opera News, Tim Smith, August 2014.

“There are two casts. One features Joshua Hopkins as Papageno, and he is reason alone to catch this “Flute.” The baritone seems to have it all — a warm, supple voice; easily communicative phrasing; and such assured, effortless acting that he could clearly be at home on any stage, not just the operatic variety.” The Baltimore Sun, Tim Smith, May 9, 2014.

“Another highlight for me was hearing Joshua Hopkins as Papageno, also making his company debut. Never mind that the bird catcher in a green-and-black unitard is a scene-stealing role with the funniest lines. Joshua Hopkins has a plush, virile baritone that puts me in mind of another great Canadian baritone, Gerald Finley, and I predict Hopkins will have a similarly illustrious career. His Papageno was totally endearing, and his voice filled the Kennedy Center Opera House with sweetness and warmth. When he and McKay sang their first act duet about the virtues of love, I heard the vocal eloquence of two genuine Mozarteans.” The Huffington Post, Susan Dormady Eisenberg, May 5, 2014.

“Joshua Hopkins offered a warm, robust singing voice in addition to lovable humor. (He also demonstrated extra unflappability and comedic reaction skills when, at the moment when Papageno is threatening to end it all, a person yelled, “Do it!” from the audience.)” The Washington Post, Anne Midgette, May 4, 2014.