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Joshua Hopkins

  • Baritone

Biography

Joshua Hopkins: Operatic engagements of the last season include a Metropolitan Opera debut as Ping in Turandot, conducted by Andris Nelsons, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte at Opera Lyra Ottawa and at the Santa Fe Opera with Lawrence Renes, Olivier in Capriccio at Pacific Opera Victoria, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia at Arizona Opera, and Sid in Albert Herring at the Santa Fe Opera under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis.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.Under the auspices of the Marilyn Horne Foundation, the artist appeared in recital at the Santa Fe Concert Association and, in conjunction with the Gilmore Festival, Mr. Hopkins presented an all-Schumann program for recitals in Michigan.

 

Opera highlights of past seasons include performances of Marcello in La bohème at the Houston Grand Opera, where he also covered the title role of Billy Budd, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte at Arizona Opera and at Santa Fe Opera, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte at Madison Opera, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro at Opera Pacific, Valentin in Faust with Calgary Opera, and Junius in a new Paul Curran production of The Rape of Lucretia with the Central City Opera.Completing his formal training as a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio in the spring of 2005, performances with the company included the role of The Pilot in The Little Prince and Sharpless in Madama Butterfly.

 

The artist made his debut with the Cleveland Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy in performances of Peer Gynt, and sang Bach’s Magnificat and Handel’s Dettingen Te Deum with Bernard Labadie and Les Violons du Roy, as well as Messiah with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and Trevor Pinnock.Additional highlights of his concert schedule have included Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with Hans Graf and the Houston Symphony, Die Zauberflöte with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra under Bernard Labadie, Bach’s St. John Passion with Bernard Labadie and Ensemble Arion, and Messiah with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.

 

Profoundly committed to the art of song, Mr. Hopkins has given solo recitals in New York at Carnegie Hall with J.J. Penna, under the auspices of the Vancouver Recital Society with Graham Johnson, and in Toronto, in conjunction with The Aldeburgh Connection, offering a program entitled 'Schubert's Florilegium' highlighting many Lieder about flowers written by the composer.He is proud to have given the world premiere of Michael Tilson Thomas’ Rilke Songs at Zankel Hall in New York and to have joined Barbara Bonney for performances of songs by three generations of Mozart (Leopold, Wolfgang Amadeus, and Franz Xaver) under the auspices of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.He also has collaborated, in a program of Haydn part songs, with pianist Richard Goode.

Joshua Hopkins was a prize winner at the prestigious ARD Musikwettbewerb of 2006, at the 2005 Plácido Domingo Operalia Competition held in Madrid, and, in 2002, José Carreras presented him with the first place prize in the Julián Gayarre International Singing Competition.The artist also is the recipient of prizes from the George London Foundation, the Sylva Gelber Foundation Award of the Canada Council for the Arts, and from the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation.