Known as one of the finest singer-actors of his generation, Canadian baritone Joshua Hopkins has been hailed as having “…a glistening, malleable baritone of exceptional beauty, and…the technique to exploit its full range of expressive possibilities from comic bluster to melting beauty.” (Opera Today)

Having established himself as a prominent leading artist throughout the United States and Canada, Joshua appears regularly at the Metropolitan Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera and Washington National Opera amongst many others, and has performed under the baton of renowned conductors such as Sir Andrew Davis, Matthew Halls, James Gaffigan, Yannick Nézet–Séguin, Plácido Domingo and Hans Graf.

In the 2020-2021 season, Mr. Hopkins makes his house debut at Palm Beach Opera as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte and Silvio in Pagliacci. He was also scheduled to return to the Metropolitan Opera as the title role in Billy Budd, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette, as well as to Houston Grand Opera as Albert in Werther. On the concert stage, he premieres Songs for Murdered Sisters – a collaboration between composer Jake Heggie and author Margaret Atwood, personally conceived by Mr. Hopkins in remembrance of his sister, Nathalie Warmerdam – on tour at Stanford Live, Vocal Arts DC, and Koerner Hall in Toronto. This powerful new work will be premiered by Houston Grand Opera in a film presentation directed by James Niebuhr, on the Marquee TV platform. Pentatone will release the commercial recording of the new work.

In the 2019-2020 season, Mr. Hopkins made his house debut at Opéra de Rouen Normandie as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, made his role debut as Athanaël in a concert version of Thaïs with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis and recorded for Chandos Records, returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Papageno in its English-language adaptation of The Magic Flute, and created the role of Orpheus in the world premiere of Matthew Aucoin’s Eurydice at LA Opera. He was also scheduled to sing Albert at the Metropolitan Opera, conducted by Yannick Nézet–Séguin, and perform Figaro at Santa Fe Opera.

The 2018-2019 season featured Mr. Hopkins’s San Francisco Opera debut as Harry Bailey in Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s It’s a Wonderful Life. He also reprised the role of Valentin in Faust at Washington National Opera, and made role debuts as Malatesta in Don Pasquale at Pittsburgh Opera and the title role in Billy Budd at Central City Opera. Concert engagements included Handel’s Messiah with both the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Jane Glover and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Matthew Halls, as well as Haydn’s Creation with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Operatic highlights of recent seasons include performances as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro at the Glyndebourne Festival, Verbier Festival, Dallas Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and Washington National Opera; Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia at Canadian Opera Company, Vancouver Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Norwegian National Opera, and Opera Lyra Ottawa; Guglielmo in Così fan tutte at Lyric Opera of Chicago and his company debut at Oper Frankfurt; Papageno at Canadian Opera Company, Washington National Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Vancouver Opera, Opera Lyra Ottawa, and Arizona Opera; Marcello in La bohème at Canadian Opera Company and Houston Grand Opera; and Mercutio at the Metropolitan Opera, conducted by Plácido Domingo.

Additional highlights of past seasons include Mr. Hopkins’s Metropolitan Opera debut as Ping in Turandot, conducted by Andris Nelsons, a return to the Metropolitan Opera as Cecil in Sir David McVicar’s new production of Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda, conducted by Maurizio Benini, his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut as Tadeusz in Weinberg’s The Passenger, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis in an acclaimed production by David Pountney, his role debut as the title character in Don Giovanni with Utah Opera, and his Dutch National Opera debut creating the leading role of Niccolò Machiavelli in the world premiere of Mohammed Fairouz and David Ignatius’s The New Prince. Further highlights include performances as Junior in Bernstein’s A Quiet Place with New York City Opera, Sid in Britten’s Albert Herring under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis and Dr. Falke in a new production of Die Fledermaus at Santa Fe Opera, and Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette at Lyric Opera of Chicago. He returned to Houston Grand Opera as Valentin in Faust, and originated the role of Harry Bailey in the world premiere of It’s a Wonderful Life, directed by Leonard Foglia and conducted by Patrick Summers, recorded by Pentatone.

Past concert engagements include his European concert debut with the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias in Spain, performing Peter Lieberson’s beautiful and poignant Songs of Love and Sorrow, Bach’s Magnificat with Orchestra of St. Luke’s under the baton of Robert Spano at Carnegie Hall, and both Nielsen’s Symphony No. 3 and Mozart’s Mass in C minor with the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Alan Gilbert. Mr. Hopkins toured North America with Bernard Labadie and Les Violons du Roy offering performances of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Handel’s Messiah in Quebec, Montreal, Los Angeles, and at Carnegie Hall in New York. He has also performed and recorded Bach’s St. John Passion with the Portland Baroque Orchestra and Arion Orchestre Baroque. He has performed the Messiah with many symphonies across North America, including the San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, and National Symphony Orchestra. Additional highlights of his concert schedule include performances of Grieg’s Peer Gynt in his debut with the Cleveland Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy, Handel’s Dettingen Te Deum with the San Francisco Symphony, Die Zauberflöte with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra led by Bernard Labadie, and Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem with Hans Graf and the Houston Symphony, and later at Baldwin Wallace University’s 85th Bach Festival.

Profoundly committed to the art of song, Mr. Hopkins’s first recital disc, Let Beauty Awake, features songs of Barber, Bowles, Glick, and Vaughan Williams on the ATMA Classique label. He has given recitals in Chicago, Montreal, New York, Santa Fe, Toronto, Vancouver and Washington, D.C. Highlights of his varied appearances at Carnegie Hall include the world premiere of Michael Tilson Thomas’s Rilke Songs and a concert highlighting Benjamin Britten alongside tenor Ian Bostridge and counter-tenor Iestyn Davies. Mr. Hopkins has also collaborated with pianists Julius Drake, Richard Goode, Marc-André Hamelin, Graham Johnson, and Warren Jones.

Mr. Hopkins has won numerous awards and distinctions. He was the winner of both the Verbier Festival Academy’s 2008 Prix d’Honneur and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2006. He was also a prizewinner at the prestigious 2006 ARD Musikwettbewerb in Munich and the 2005 Plácido Domingo Operalia Competition held in Madrid. In 2002, José Carreras presented him with the first place prize in the Julián Gayarre International Singing Competition in Pamplona. Mr. Hopkins has also received prizes from the George London Foundation and the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation, and won the Sylva Gelber Foundation Award from the Canada Council for the Arts.