“To my ears, of the current crop of young Canadian baritones, Joshua Hopkins ranks at the very top. Beautiful voice, solid training, well-honed technique, strong musicality, engaging personality onstage – this man has it all. I saw him last summer as Papageno at the Santa Fe Opera Die Zauberfloete, a new production specially mounted to showcase Natalie Dessay in her first-ever Pamina. The audience reception for Hopkins was equal to, perhaps even surpassing that for the prima donna. Tonight, his lyric baritone never sounded better. In the Nozze aria, he was elegance personified – no excessive histrionics or playing to the audience, he just let his gorgeous voice speak for itself. His high notes were free and easy. His handsome stage presence and aristocratic bearing are qualities that opera intendants are looking for these days. In fact, his voice and stage persona reminds me of a young Gerald Finley. If I were to criticize, occasionally, he can look a bit smug – or maybe even arrogant – onstage. (Although there was not a hint of that in his Santa Fe Papageno last summer) The Puritani aria showed that he is equally at home in Italian opera, although nobody would seriously consider him a Verdi baritone at this stage of his career. The most enjoyable part of his program was the Ravel Don Quichotte songs – fabulous singing and acting, plenty of swagger in his delivery and a pleasure from beginning to end. I predict great things for Joshua Hopkins in the future.”

“I had drawn up my own list immediately after the end of the competition, and I am happy to say that I got five of the six winners…The only one I have on my list missing from the final outcome was Joshua Hopkins. I had him number 2 on my list. I must say I was shocked and disappointed that Hopkins was passed over by the jury. With a few more prizes yet to be announced, like the Chalmers Award etc., there is still hope that he will not leave empty-handed.”
La Scena Musicale, Joseph So, May 31, 2007.