“With his glowing, velvety baritone, Hopkins gives a soul-baring performance that is gut-wrenching, cathartic, and a model of pinpoint focus.” Opera News, Joanne Sydney Lessner, March 2021.

“But above it all is the real beauty of Hopkins’s voice, the strong baritone paired with a throaty anxiety that seeps into these songs. When an artist creates and performs a work as personal as Songs for Murdered Sisters, the danger is in making it entirely about their own experience. Yet there’s balance in how Hopkins performs these songs…there’s something amazing about hearing a man – a low-voiced, strong-sounding man – wailing for these victims.” The Globe and Mail, Jenna Simeonov, February 22, 2021.

“Mr. Hopkins’s gripping performance of the cycle speaks to a tragedy that is both personal and universal.” The Wall Street Journal, Heidi Walesom, March 3, 2021.

“Hopkins, who sings and enacts the cycle with full emotional range…is riveting here, his strong, handsome baritone immediately commanding attention…Seldom have words, music, and performer come together so eloquently, so movingly, as in this Atwood/Heggie/Hopkins collaboration. I urge you to experience it for yourself.” Opera Canada, Patrick Dillon, March 1, 2021.

“Ungewöhnlich ist hingegen die Online-Geburt eines halbstündigen Liedzyklus von Jake Heggie für die Houston Grand Opera. Dessen gewohnt illustrativ schmeichelnder Tonduktus wird durch die acht „Songs for Murdered Sisters“ konterkariert, die Margaret Atwood getextet hat. Drängend gesungen und angeregt hat sie der feine Bariton Joshua Hopkins…Hier wird mit wenig viel erreicht, alle habe ein klar fokussiertes Thema.” Die Welt, Manuel Brug, February 24, 2021.

“The immensely talented baritone Joshua Hopkins, collaborated with the composer Jake Heggie and the writer Margaret Atwood on the cycle “Songs for Murdered Sisters,” to draw attention to the pervasiveness of violence against women…In a riveting filmed performance…Hopkins ricochets among the stages of grief.” The New Yorker, Oussama Zahr, March 19, 2021.