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“But the surprise was baritone Joshua Hopkins, a last-minute replacement for ailing Sol Jin, as Marguerite’s stalwart brother Valentin. He, too, is blessed with a body for tights, but his voice, mon dieu, has mellowed into a real instrument of purity, clarity and quality. Looking like Prince Valiant doesn’t hurt, and in all aspects, he […]

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“All roads lead to Count Almaviva, it seems, in FIGARO and I can think of none more dashing, sexy, and complex as Joshua Hopkins now making the role his own at WNO. His swagger and confidence as he relishes flirting with Susanna; his moments of contemplating his treatment of the Countess; and his eventual lesson […]

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“Baritone Joshua Hopkins as Olivier: His bright, unfussy delivery provides a useful counterbalance to a characterization molded a bit toward sulkiness.” Santa Fe New Mexican, James M. Keller, July 24, 2016. “As the poet Olivier, baritone Joshua Hopkins made his character a bright and talented young man.” Bachtrack, Maria Nockin, August 9, 2016. “As Olivier, […]

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“The series concluded on Aug. 7 with an enjoyable performance shared by baritone Joshua Hopkins and tenor Ben Bliss, with Illick at the piano. At the Opera this summer, they are rivals for the hand of the Countess in Capriccio. In this concert, they teamed up for another number in which they also portray romantic […]

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“Following up from his impressive company debut last season as the doomed violinist Tadeusz in The Passenger, Joshua Hopkins was a terrific Mercutio. The Canadian baritone conveyed the character’s wacky bravado and delivered a nimble and elegant account of the Queen Mab aria.”  Chicago Classical Review, Lawrence A. Johnson, February 23, 2016. “Joshua Hopkins [made] an […]

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“Canadian baritone Joshua Hopkins is excellent as the Count. His portrayal was more nuanced that the usual indignant and self-aggrandized minor royalty who is having a bad day. His portrayal is less of a stereotype. His Count is bewildered and bemused by events he thought he controlled; a bungling lothario and incompetent schemer who is […]

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