“Top vocal and dramatic honours went to the Papageno of Canadian baritone Joshua Hopkins, who fully embodied the Bird-catcher. Funny, endearing, good-natured, mischievous are just a few adjectives to describe his acting. Combine that with a smooth, warm, exceptionally beautiful lyric baritone, and you have a real winner. At 38, it’s an age when some baritones contemplate retiring the Bird-catcher and move to the more heavy-duty roles, but judging by Hopkins’s performance, his Papageno has plenty of miles left before the warranty runs out.” Musical Toronto, Joseph So, January 20, 2017.
“…complemented by Hopkins’ velvety if hugely flexible baritone.” Toronto Star, , January 20, 2017.
“Joshua Hopkins’s Papageno followed the same trajectory, building his comic timing and performance to his last ecstatic reunion with his Papagena.” The Globe and Mail, Robert Harris, January 20, 2017.
“Joshua Hopkins brought his trademark birdcatcher to life with a fully realized “mensch” who defines “go-with-the-flow”. His physicality was a wonder to behold as he traipsed around the huge stage at the Four Seasons Centre. His robust, beautiful sound never wavered at any point during his extremely active portrayal and his delivery of the strophic arias “Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja” and “Ein Mädchen…” had such nuance that you forgot you were hearing the same melody four times. His chemistry with Papagena was palpable from start to finish.” Schmopera, Greg Finney, January 21, 2017.
“Baritone Joshua Hopkins is a folksy, irrepressible Papageno bubbling with high spirits. Arguably gifted with all the best tunes by Mozart, the antic bird catcher, an Everyman in feathers, essentially owns each and every scene the instant he enters. Bubbly, exuberant, unabashedly physical, Hopkins holds us victim, delighted and spellbound. Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen wünscht Papageno sich! (“A little maid or wife, that’s what Papageno wants”), he chirps and when at last she appears it is the always captivating Jacqueline Woodley as his precious Papagena. Their iconic Pa-pa-Papagena! Pa-Pa-Papageno! duet is perfectly touching.” Opera Going Toronto, Ian Ritchie, January 21, 2017.
“Joshua Hopkins demonstrated a peerless command of physical comedy and timing in the role of Papageno, the simple bird-man looking for love. The duet he sings with the bird girl of his dreams is another highlight of this opera and his performance of it with Jacqueline Woodley was absolutely delightful.” Mooney on theatre, Keira Grant, January 22, 2017.
“Joshua Hopkins delivers the best performance of the night as the randy bird-catcher Papageno.” Now Toronto, Glenn Sumi, January 25, 2017.
“For me, the roles of Sarastro and Papageno held a special allure…Joshua Hopkins was hilarious as Papageno. His comedic antics gave the opera many of its best moments. His famous duet with Papagena was a charming highlight.” Toronto Concert Reviews, David Richards, February 2, 2017.