Chosen by Opera News as one of twenty-five artists poised to break out and become a major force in the coming decade, Canadian baritone Joshua Hopkins has been hailed as having “…a glistening, malleable baritone of exceptional beauty, and…the technique to exploit its full range of expressive possibilities from comic bluster to melting beauty.” (Opera Today)

Joshua Hopkins begins his 2019-20 season with a house debut at Opéra de Rouen Normandie as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, followed by a role debut in a concert version of Massenet’s Thaïs as Athanaël with Toronto Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis and recorded for Chandos Records. He returns to the Metropolitan Opera for performances as Papageno in its English-language adaptation of The Magic Flute, as well as Albert in Werther conducted by Yannick NézetSéguin. He then creates the role of Orpheus in the world premiere of Matthew Aucoin’s Eurydice at LA Opera. He concludes the season with performances as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with Santa Fe Opera.

In the 2018-2019 season, he made his San Francisco Opera debut as Harry Bailey in Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s It’s a Wonderful Life. He also revisited the role of Valentin in Faust with Washington National Opera. Role debuts of this season included Malatesta in Don Pasquale with Pittsburgh Opera, as well as the title role of Billy Budd with Central City Opera. Concert engagements included Handel’s Messiah with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Jane Glover, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Matthew Halls. Mr. Hopkins sang Haydn’s Creation with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

In the 2017-2018 season, he made his house debut at The Norwegian National Opera as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and returned to Lyric Opera of Chicago as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, conducted by James Gaffigan. In the spring, he returned to The Metropolitan Opera as Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette, conducted by Plácido Domingo. Mr. Hopkins finished the season with a return to The Glimmerglass Festival in a new production of Il barbiere di Siviglia, directed by Francesca Zambello. Concert performances included Handel’s Messiah with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Hopkins’s recent seasons have featured the roles of Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro at The Glyndebourne Festival, Verbier Festival, The Dallas Opera, Houston Grand Opera and Washington National Opera (conducted by James Gaffigan); Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with the Canadian Opera Company, Vancouver Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Opera Lyra Ottawa; Guglielmo in Così fan tutte in his company debut at Oper Frankfurt; Papageno in The Magic Flute at Canadian Opera Company, Washington National Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Vancouver Opera, Opera Lyra Ottawa and Arizona Opera, and Marcello in La bohème at the Canadian Opera Company and Houston Grand Opera.

Additional highlights of past seasons include Mr. Hopkins’ Metropolitan Opera debut as Ping in Turandot, conducted by Andris Nelsons, a return to The Metropolitan Opera as Cecil in Sir David McVicar’s new production of Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda, conducted by Maurizio Benini, his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut as Tadeusz in The Passenger, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis in the acclaimed production by David Pountney, his role debut as the title character in Don Giovanni with Utah Opera, and his Dutch National Opera debut creating the leading role of Niccolò Machiavelli in the world premiere of Mohammed Fairouz and David Ignatius’s The New Prince. Further highlights include the role of Junior in Bernstein’s A Quiet Place with New York City Opera, Sid in Albert Herring at The Santa Fe Opera under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis and Dr. Falke in a new production of Die Fledermaus at The Santa Fe Opera, and Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette with Lyric Opera of Chicago. He returned to Houston Grand Opera as Valentin in Faust, and originated the role of Harry Bailey in the world premiere of It’s a Wonderful Life, directed by Leonard Foglia and conducted by Patrick Summers.

Past concert engagements include his European concert debut with the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias in Spain, performing Peter Lieberson’s beautiful and poignant Songs of Love and Sorrow, Bach’s Magnificat with Orchestra of St. Luke’s under the baton of Robert Spano at Carnegie Hall, and both Nielsen’s Symphony No. 3 and Mozart’s Mass in c minor with the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Alan Gilbert. Mr. Hopkins toured North America with Bernard Labadie and Les Violons du Roy offering performances of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Handel’s Messiah in Quebec, Montreal, Los Angeles, and at Carnegie Hall in New York. He has also performed and recorded Bach’s St. John Passion with Portland Baroque Orchestra and Arion Orchestre Baroque. Joshua has performed Handel’s Messiah with many symphonies across North America, including San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, and National Symphony Orchestra. Additional highlights of his concert schedule include his debut with the Cleveland Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy in performances of Peer Gynt, Handel’s Dettingen Te Deum with the San Francisco Symphony, Die Zauberflöte with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra led by Bernard Labadie, and Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem with Hans Graf and the Houston Symphony, and later at Baldwin Wallace University’s 85th Bach Festival.

Profoundly committed to the art of song, Mr. Hopkins’s first recital disc, Let Beauty Awake, features songs of Barber, Bowles, Glick, and Vaughan Williams on the ATMA Classique label. He has given recitals in Chicago, Montreal, New York, Santa Fe, Toronto, Vancouver and Washington, D.C. Highlights of his varied appearances at Carnegie Hall include the World Premiere of Michael Tilson Thomas’ Rilke Songs and a concert highlighting Benjamin Britten alongside Ian Bostridge and Iestyn Davies. Joshua has also collaborated with Julius Drake, Richard Goode, Marc-André Hamelin, Graham Johnson, and Warren Jones.

Mr. Hopkins has won numerous awards and distinctions. He was the winner of both the VerbierFestival Academy’s 2008 Prix d’Honneur and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2006. He was also a prizewinner at the prestigious 2006 ARD Musikwettbewerb in Munich and at the 2005 Plácido Domingo Operalia Competition held in Madrid. In 2002, José Carreras presented him with the first place prize in the Julián Gayarre International Singing Competition in Pamplona. Mr. Hopkins has also received prizes from the George London Foundation and the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation, and won the Sylva Gelber Foundation Award from the Canada Council for the Arts.