“The baritone Joshua Hopkins was especially confident and clear, with a high center of vocal gravity…” The New York Times, Zachary Woolfe, June 15, 2018.

“Baritone Joshua Hopkins began the evening with “Largo al factotum” from Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville.” His rendition had no shortage of skill or humor, charming the audience from the get-go as he paired the pattering and vocal flourishes with spinning hips and almost-swaggering stances. A modern twist came when Hopkins pulled out his cellphone to answer a phone-call from someone seeking the popular barber. “Pronto,” Hopkins answered as both he and the music take a brief pause from the rapid tempo of the preceding section. His phone was soon flooded and Hopkins scrolled through the messages all asking for “Figaro, Figaro, Figaro…” etc. A people-pleaser through and through, the final “Figaro” saw Hopkins take a selfie for his fans before he launched into the aria’s climatic phrases and delivered a strong finish.” Operawire, Logan Martell, June 14, 2018.