Critics are loving Vancouver Opera’s new production of Il barbiere di Siviglia and Joshua has received outstanding critical acclaim for his portrayal of Figaro.  David Gordon Duke from the Vancouver Sun raves, “…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 of the character.  He has the tone, the timing, and the confidence to make it appear effortless fun; from quicksilver recitatives to solo work and ensembles, Hopkins is the focus of the production.  And he couldn’t be better.”

Jessica Werb from the Georgia Straight writes, “As for the muckraking Figaro, Hopkins played him as a delightfully flamboyant and unapologetically pompous charmer, with a physical presence approximating something between Will Ferrell and Liberace. His entrance had him madly cutting off mullets, dying hair, and powdering noses with hilarious speed—all the while nailing the vocal theatrics of the “Largo al factotum” aria.”

Elissa Poole of The Globe and Mail says, “… Figaro – the marvelous young baritone Joshua Hopkins – isn’t a barber but a hair stylist, all prance and flounce, as obsessed with tweezing his own eyebrows as he is with meddling in his clientele’s affairs….does some lovely singing, as indeed does all the cast, most particularly Hopkins’s mellifluous Figaro.”

You can find links to all of these articles on Joshua’s Reviews page.

Pictured with Sandra Piques Eddy as Rosina.  Photo by Tim Matheson.