“With his rich baritone, Hopkins’s Belcore was much more than a self-important lothario. Yes, he looked hot in his navy whites, and he loved the sound of his own resonant voice. But skillfully skirting slapstick, his naval captain was delightfully believable: your average, good-looking bro’ too clueless to recognize that his usual magic isn’t working.” Chicago Sun Times, Wynne Delacoma, September, 27, 2021.

“Joshua Hopkins was a superb Guglielmo in Lyric Opera’s memorable Cosi fan tutte of 2018. The Canadian baritone proved just as vital a comedic presence as Nemorino’s dashing rival, Belcore. Here rather than the blustery army captain, Belcore is a naval officer who enters on a Vespa, followed by his fellow sailors. Hopkins sang with a fine, dark-hued voice throughout and once again showed himself a natural comedian. Belcore’s over-the-top macho swagger was consistently hilarious while still keeping the character’s edge of danger and violent jealousy.” Chicago Classical Reader, Lawrence A. Johnson, September, 27, 2021.

“Joshua Hopkins delivered a beautifully sung, vainglorious Belcore who managed to dilute his bluster with just enough personal charm to keep things affable and genuinely funny.” Opera News, Mark Thomas Ketterson, October 2021.

“Canadian baritone Joshua Hopkins had the audience in the palm of his hand as soon as he hopped off his Vespa and swaggered across the stage as the dashing but arrogant Captain Belcore. Possessing a gleaming, even instrument, Hopkins sang with a tone that was malleable enough to precisely execute the coloratura in his aria “Come Paride vezzoso” without compromising legato. Slater states that he wanted to make Belcore a “genuine contender for Adina’s hand.” This was evidenced by moments of chemistry between Belcore and Adina, which made Nemorino’s pain all the more heart-wrenching.” Opera Canada, Katie Buzard, October 4, 2021.

“Belcore [is] resonantly voiced by Joshua Hopkins…Hopkins, who sings with assertion and force, makes his character’s case to keep things interesting.” The Chicago Tribune, Chris Jones, September 27, 2021.

“Belcore, a muscle-flexing, cycle-riding naval officer, brought to comic life by baritone Joshua Hopkins.” Chicago Reader, Deanna Isaacs, 

“We had excellent support from baritone Joshua Hopkins as a strutting, arrogant Belcuore, very well sung and also displaying excellent comic timing and physicality.” Parterre, Henson Keys, September 28, 2021.