“And the baritone Joshua Hopkins won your heart as the tormented, yet charming Junior. Mr. Alden has written that it was difficult to deal with this somewhat dated character: a gay man who is “punished” with mental illness. Yet Bernstein’s music ennobles and animates Junior, and with his mix of anguish and vitality, Mr. Hopkins triumphed over stereotype.”   New York Times, Anthony Tommasini, October 28, 2010.

“There was a breakout performance from baritone Joshua Hopkins as the adult Junior: he has a beautiful voice and the fine rhythmic sense needed for the character’s tricky Act II aria, and he is an engaging actor.”  Opera News, William R. Braun, January 2011.

“The strong cast includes…the fine baritone Joshua Hopkins, who sings Junior’s vulgar burlesque at the funeral and his final plea to his father with clarity and honesty. ”  Wall Street Journal, Heidi Waleson, October 29, 2010.

“City Opera fielded a good, generally young cast…Joshua Hopkins, as Junior, did best, his full, rich-toned baritone reaching all parts of the house.  He also showed himself a sensitive actor, finding fidgety sympathy in a largely intractable character.The New Yorker, Alex Ross, November 15, 2010.

“As for Junior, he was Joshua Hopkins, a baritone born in Ontario.  He owns a gorgeous voice, a voice with gold in it.  I am not talking about its bankability, but rather its tone…this young Hopkins is one of those golden singers, and he filled the Koch Theater with this gold, this glow.”  The New Criterion, Jay Nordlinger, December, 2010.