Category Archive: Reviews
“…it was a treat to hear a remarkable singer like Hopkins, fast becoming a real favourite of mine, in songs by Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, and Mendelssohn. Hopkins brings all his operatic swagger and real flair for communication to the recital platform: his expressive range is beautifully calibrated, and he’s capable of great emotional depth. His [...]
“Hopkins has real presence and fine comic timing; add in his clear, rich baritone, and he comes near to stealing the show.” The Vancouver Sun, David Gordon Duke, March 11, 2013. “Baritone Joshua Hopkins, as Papageno, had the voice we most wanted to hear, and the personality we most wanted to engage with.” The Globe [...]
“…Joshua Hopkins, surely one of the classiest, smartest young baritones around, offered a deft characterization of the wily Cecil, Elisabetta’s Secretary of State…” Opera News, F. Paul Driscoll, March, 2013. “The baritone Joshua Hopkins captures the mix of genuine concern and political calculation that drives William Cecil (Guglielmo), Elizabeth’s secretary of state.” The New York [...]
“Canadian baritone Joshua Hopkins also gives a stunning portrayal of Marcello, the feisty painter who keeps falling in and out of love with Musetta. With his exacting diction and overall extroversion, he gives the impression of being a native Italian singer. Fans will remember him as Junius in last season’s The Rape of Lucretia. It’s [...]
“This must be the first Bach Passion I’ve encountered, live or on records, in which the best vocalism is offered by the lower male voices…Hopkins, a familiar presence from NYCO, Santa Fe and elsewhere, sounds just plain terrific – forthrightly noble, clear-toned and sonorous.” Opera News, David Shengold, July 2012.
“But it was Joshua Hopkins in the title role who virtually stole the show. His world-class baritone is simply a delight to listen to: mellow and crisp, naturally supported, and well-outfitted in its whole range. He was a confident presence onstage who avoided buffoonery and yet always made it clear that Figaro was, in fact, [...]