“This production marked the first time a Toronto audience has heard Canadian baritone Joshua Hopkins in one of his signature roles. An excellent actor with an ebullient stage presence, Hopkins played Figaro as Puckish figure, mischievous but somehow innocent as the same time. His voice has a warm, creamy quality like caramel that is also incredibly nimble and full of vitality.”  Opera News, Christopher Hoile, July 2015.

“What is my thing, however, is full-bodied charm and great comedy timing, both of which the opera’s two leads, Alek Shrader (Count Almaviva) and Joshua Hopkins (Figaro, the eponymous barber), have in abundance.  The two guys have a kind of Seth Rogen-James Franco buddy-buddy thing going, which makes a lot of the comic plotting on which the opera is based come to refreshing life…And all that Hopkins has to do is flash his endearingly crooked grin and the world is his. The fact that both men sing their roles with superb clarity and attack makes them even more valuable…And the Shrader-Hopkins team may be the best comedic male pairing since Bob Hope and Bing Crosby.”  The Toronto Star, Richard Ouzounian, April 18, 2015.

“Canadian baritone Joshua Hopkins cuts a jaunty Figaro, wearing an asymmetrical pink floral vest with one painted-on eyebrow permanently cocked. He plays his solos for maximum laughs-out-loud, especially his entrance aria Largo al factotum, with its famous “Figaro, Figaro, Figaro,” etc. (which, yes, you surely first heard sung by Woody Woodpecker or conducted by Bugs Bunny).”  The Globe and Mail, Andrew D’Cruz, April 20, 2015.

“Canadian baritone Joshua Hopkins tackled one of his most successful roles to date: Figaro. Vocally, the role fits him perfectly. As a thespian he moves with both ease and spontaneity.”  Musical Toronto, Neil Crory, April 18, 2015.

“As Figaro, Canadian baritone Joshua Hopkins was, well, perfect. He didn’t break a sweat in “Largo al factotum,” and he found ease in the rest of the demanding role. He too put storytelling in front of everything else, yet he never lacked for a gorgeous sound. For me, Joshua found the best connection between his voice and body. The production’s large gestures fell often on Figaro, and he found musical moments for all the right movements. The proof was in the audience’s laughter.”  Schmopera, Jenna Douglas, April 20, 2015.

“Musically, it was a great night. I’m a particular fan of Joshua Hopkins, singing the entire run as Figaro. There is something deeply satisfying in his baritone – I always feel like I could just drink it down, and strongly suspect I would feel quite nourished (and perhaps a little drunk) after I did.”  Mooney on Theater, S. Bear Bergman, April 18, 2015.