Category Archive: Reviews
“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, […]
“…one element of the endeavour transcends even this overall consistent standard – the quality and lithe exuberance of baritone Joshua Hopkins’ Figaro. Vancouver audiences have enjoyed Hopkins as a lieder singer who combines an innately appealing instrument with musical sensitivity and precision. Here he delivers a stunning interpretation of Figaro, rooted in his physical sense […]
The baritone Joshua Hopkins brought his robust voice to a mysteriously intense setting of Robert Louis Stevenson’s “In Dreams, Unhappy…And Mr. Hopkins, who earned wide praise in 2010 for his endearing portrayal of the troubled Junior in the New York City Opera’s landmark production of Bernstein’s “Quiet Place,” sang vibrantly in three Barber songs and […]
“I was very impressed with the Canadian baritone Joshua Hopkins, making his Glyndebourne debut as Argante, who brought out the malevolence of the character through his eloquent singing.” Bachtrack, Nahoko Gotoh, October 26, 2011.
“It’s hard to describe exactly what it was about Hopkins’ voice and presentation which made him so perfect for the role. From his first notes, a serenity, a calm certainty came through a smooth, warm, caressing voice, and those qualities never waned.” The Gathering Note, Philippa Kiraly, March 22, 2011. “Hopkins’ voice was smooth, mellifluous […]