“And the hearty-voiced baritone Joshua Hopkins stole the show as Papageno, the hapless bird-catcher who reluctantly becomes Tamino’s sidekick on his quest. Mr. Hopkins’s antics and pratfalls had the audience giggling all afternoon.” The New York Times, Anthony Tommasini, Dec. 16, 2019.

“Stellar performances were delivered by all the players. Joshua Hopkins, baritone, provided a modern take on Papageno. His singing is pure perfection and his clownish capers lit up the stage. Hopkins is a brilliant physical comedian as well as master of the singer’s art.” Bachtrack, Linda Holt, 16 December 2019.

“As Papageno, Joshua Hopkins brought an abundance of laughter through his time onstage. His introductory aria, “Der Vogelfanger bin ich ja” carried a bright and firm energy which lasted through most of the strophic number, slowing with a relishing draw at the thought of one day finding a mate. This vocal brightness lent itself to his taking of the credit for killing the serpent, with a humorous, resounding “Strangled it!” Hawkin’s [sic] lines were often delivered with skillful timing, and he showed great control of his support as through his many dynamic actions. This energy also helped with his interactions with much of the onstage puppetry, such as when he and Tamino receive food from Sarastro, as Papageno has his finger pinched by a lobster and tries to pull spaghetti from a floating bowl. These qualities nicely came together for his Act two number “Ein madchen oder Weibchen, as his upbeat, longing sentiments were joined by his dance moves, including a brief use of the “Floss” dance from the popular children’s game “Fortnite.” Operawire, Logan Martell, December 18, 2019.