“The series concluded on Aug. 7 with an enjoyable performance shared by baritone Joshua Hopkins and tenor Ben Bliss, with Illick at the piano. At the Opera this summer, they are rivals for the hand of the Countess in Capriccio. In this concert, they teamed up for another number in which they also portray romantic rivals — the inevitable but always lovely duet “Au fond du temple saint,” from Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perles — and, less predictably, “Agony,” from Sondheim’s Into the Woods, in which two brothers compare their respective unobtainable loves. Hopkins opened the recital with Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel. His rich timbre, leavened with the brightness of overtones, combines with a quick vibrato to boost clarity of diction. One noticed a propensity to pull back on the highest notes practically to mezza voce. Perhaps he wanted to prevent those Es and Fs from overpowering their phrases, but it seemed as if he might have handled that issue as effectively at fuller voice with less disruption to the musical line. Or perhaps it was just a decision of the moment in what were satisfying and dramatic renditions…It was, in all, a pleasurable recital that mixed darkness and light and that brought together two artists of complementary voices and styles.”  Santa Fe New Mexican, James M. Keller, August 12, 2016.