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Joshua Hopkins

Baritone

Canadian baritone Joshua Hopkins has established himself as a prominent leading artist throughout the United States, appearing regularly at the Metropolitan Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Houston Grand Opera. Most recently, his notable engagements have included Papageno The Magic Flute and Mercutio Roméo & Juliette at the Metropolitan Opera, Figaro Il Barbiere di Siviglia for Opéra de Rouen, and the role of Orpheus in the world premiere of Matthew Aucoin’s Eurydice at Los Angeles Opera. 

Profoundly committed to the art of song, Joshua recently commissioned a new song cycle with the support of the National Arts Centre Orchestra and Houston Grand Opera. Written in a collaboration between acclaimed American opera composer Jake Heggie and renowned Canadian author Margaret Atwood, the piece, titled 'Songs for Murdered Sisters' explores violence and abuse against women, and is an extremely important and personal project for Joshua.

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www.joshuahopkins.com

 

Artist Manager

Camilla Wehmeyer

camilla@wehmeyermanagement.com

Associate

Evangeline Parker

evangeline@wehmeyermanagement.com

 

European Management
Camilla Wehmeyer Management

General Management
Matthew Horner - IMG Artists

 

News

New signing: Canadian baritone Joshua Hopkins

Camilla Wehmeyer Management is delighted to announce an exciting new addition to the roster - Canadian baritone Joshua Hopkins.

 

Forthcoming this season Joshua will sing the title role in Britten’s Billy Budd conducted by Simone Young, and will be revisiting Mercutio Roméo and Juliette, both at the Metropolitan Opera. He also brings to the stage a new unique and personal recital project centring around a newly commissioned song cycle, written by American composer Jake Heggie and renowned Canadian author Margaret Atwood.

 

Joshua features in the Toronto Symphony’s recent recording of Thaïs, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis and recorded on Chandos Records. Joshua’s performance as Athanaël has been described by Gramophone as a “remarkable, unforgettable performance, sung with consistently expressive beauty, and quite superbly characterised” Listen to excerpts here.

 

Joshua will be represented exclusively in Europe by CWM. To contact his General Manager please visit IMG Artists.

 

Media

 

Repertoire Includes

OPERA

ADAMO
Little Women (Friedrich Bhaer)

Lysistrata (Kinesias)

 

ADAMS
A Flowering Tree (Narrator)

Doctor Atomic (Oppenheimer)

 

AUCOIN
Eurydice (Orpheus)

 

BELLINI
I Puritani (Riccardo)

 

BERLIOZ
Béatrice Et Bénédict (Claudio)

 

BERNSTEIN
A Quiet Place (Junior)

 

BIZET
Carmen (Escamillo)

Les Pêcheurs Des Perles (Zurga)

 

BRITTEN
Albert Herring (Sid)

Billy Budd (Billy Budd)

Owen Wingrave (Owen Wingrave)

Peter Grimes (Ned Keene)

The Rape Of Lucretia (Tarquinius)

 

CHABRIER
L’étoile (Hérisson)

CORIGLIANO

The Ghosts Of Versailles (Figaro)

 

DEBUSSY

Pelléas Et Mélisande (Pelléas)

BIZET
Carmen (Escamillo)

Les Pêcheurs Des Perles (Zurga)

 

BRITTEN
Albert Herring (Sid)

Billy Budd (Billy Budd)

Owen Wingrave (Owen Wingrave)

Peter Grimes (Ned Keene)

The Rape Of Lucretia (Tarquinius)

 

CHABRIER
L’étoile (Hérisson)

 

CORIGLIANO

The Ghosts Of Versailles (Figaro)

 

DEBUSSY

Pelléas Et Mélisande (Pelléas)

 

DONIZETTI

Don Pasquale (Malatesta)

L’elisir D’amore (Belcore)

Falla La Vida Breve (Manuel)

 

FAIROUZ
The New Prince (Niccolò Machiavelli)

 

GLUCK
Iphigénie En Tauride (Oreste)

 

GOUNOD

Faust (Valentin)

Roméo et Juliette (Mercutio)

 

HEGGIE

Dead Man Walking (De Rocher)

It’s A Wonderful Life (Harry Bailey)

Moby-Dick (Starbuck)

The End Of The Affair (Bendrix)

HANDEL
Rinaldo (Argante)

 

KORNGOLD

Die Tote Stadt (Fritz)

 

LEHÁR
The Merry Widow (Danilo)

LEONCAVALLO
I Pagliacci (Silvio)

 

MASSENET
Manon (Lescaut)

Thaїs (Athanaël)

Werther (Albert)

 

MONTEVERDI

L’incoronazione Di Poppeo (Ottone)

L’orfeo (Orfeo)

Il Ritorno D’ulisse In Patria (Telemaco)

MOZART

Così Fan Tutte (Guglielmo)

Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni)

Le Nozze Di Figaro (Count Almaviva)

Die Zauberflöte (Papageno)

 

PORTMAN

The Little Prince (The Pilot)

 

POULENC

Les Mamelles De Tirésias (Le Mari)

 

PUCCINI

La Bohème  (Marcello)

Madama Butterfly (Sharpless)

 

PURCELL

Dido And Æneas (Æneas)

 

RAMEAU

Castor Et Pollux (Pollux)

 

RAVEL

L’heure Espagnole (Ramiro)

 

RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN

Carousel (Billy Bigelow)

 

ROSSINI

Il Barbiere Di Siviglia (Figaro)

La Cenerentola (Dandini)

L’italiana In Algeri (Taddeo)

 

SAARIAHO

L’amour De Loin (Jaufré Rudel)

 

J. STRAUSS

Die Fledermaus (Falke)

 

R. STRAUSS

Capriccio (Olivier)

 

TCHAIKOVSKY

Eugene Onegin (Onegin)

Pikovaya Dama (Yeletsky)

 

WAGNER

Tannhäuser (Wolfram)

 

WEINBERG

The Passenger (Tadeusz)

Concert

ADAMS
The Wound-Dresser

J.S. BACH
Christmas Oratorio
Mass in B-minor
St. John Passion
St. Matthew Passion

BARBER
Dover Beach

BERLIOZ
Lélio
Les Nuits d’Été

BERNSTEIN
Mass

BRAHMS
Ein deutsches Requiem

BRITTEN
War Requiem

BRUCKNER
Te Deum

CHARPENTIER
Messe de Minuit

COPLAND
Old American Songs

DEBUSSY
Trois Ballades de François Villon

DURUFLÉ
Requiem

FAURÉ
Requiem

FINZI
In Terra Pax

GRIEG
Peer Gynt

HANDEL
Messiah
Judas Maccabaeus
Dettingen Te Deum

HAYDN
The Creation

IBERT
Chansons de Don Quichotte

KAPILOW
Polar Express

LIEBERSON
Songs of Love and Sorrow

MAHLER
Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Symphony No. 8

MARTIN
Six Monologues from “Jedermann”

MENDELSSOHN
Elijah

NIELSEN
Symphony No. 3

ORFF
Carmina Burana

RAVEL
Don Quichotte à Dulcinée

ROSSINI
Petite Messe Solennelle

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
Five Mystical Songs
Sea Symphony

VIVALDI
Beatus Vir

 

Selected Discography

Massenet: Thaïs
Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Sir Andrew Davis
Let Beauty Awake
Jake Heggie: It's a Wonderful Life
Houston Grand Opera
Donizetti: Maria Stuarda
Puccini: Turandot
Bach: St John Passion BWV 245
Rameau: Castor et Pollux
Bach: St John Passion BWV 245
Nielsen: Symphony No. 3
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Press

Matthew Aucoin EURYDICE / Los Angeles Opera

“Orpheus the everyday guy — clueless if also endearing — is sung by Mr. Hopkins, with firm voice and youthful swagger. ” 
Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times (February 2020)

“The production features a sterling cast led by the lithe and endearing soprano Danielle de Niese (Eurydice); the robust baritone Joshua Hopkins (Orpheus); countertenor, John Holiday (as Orpheus’s spirit double); tenor Barry Banks (Hades); with LA Opera veteran baritone Rod Gilfry as Eurydice’s father” 
Jim Farber,  San Francisco Classical Voice (February 2020)

“Sung by baritone Joshua Hopkins with stentorian presence and a beautifully coherent sound, Orpheus is distant and one-dimensional, unable to express himself despite his unparalleled gift of music.” 
Matthew Richard Martinez, Bachtrack (February 2020)

“It features a sterling cast led by the lithe and endearing soprano, Danielle de Niese (as Eurydice); the robust baritone of Joshua Hopkins (as her music-obsessed boyfriend, Orpheus)…” 

Jim Farber, Los Angeles Daily News (February 2020)


 

Mozart THE MAGIC FLUTE / The Metropolitan Opera
 

“And the hearty-voiced baritone Joshua Hopkins stole the show as Papageno, the hapless bird-catcher who reluctantly becomes Tamino’s sidekick on his quest. Mr. Hopkins’s antics and pratfalls had the audience giggling all afternoon.” 
Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times (
December 2019)
 

“Stellar performances were delivered by all the players. Joshua Hopkins, baritone, provided a modern take on Papageno. His singing is pure perfection and his clownish capers lit up the stage. Hopkins is a brilliant physical comedian as well as master of the singer’s art.” 
Linda Holt, Bachtrack (December 2019)
 

“As Papageno, Joshua Hopkins brought an abundance of laughter through his time onstage. His introductory aria, “Der Vogelfanger bin ich ja” carried a bright and firm energy which lasted through most of the strophic number, slowing with a relishing draw at the thought of one day finding a mate. This vocal brightness lent itself to his taking of the credit for killing the serpent, with a humorous, resounding “Strangled it!” Hawkin’s [sic] lines were often delivered with skillful timing, and he showed great control of his support as through his many dynamic actions. This energy also helped with his interactions with much of the onstage puppetry, such as when he and Tamino receive food from Sarastro, as Papageno has his finger pinched by a lobster and tries to pull spaghetti from a floating bowl. These qualities nicely came together for his Act two number “Ein madchen oder Weibchen, as his upbeat, longing sentiments were joined by his dance moves, including a brief use of the “Floss” dance from the popular children’s game “Fortnite.” 
Logan Martell, Operawire (December 2019)

Massenet THAÏS / Toronto Symphony Orchestra

"Joshua Hopkins’s outstanding Athanaël. His is a remarkable, unforgettable performance, sung with consistently expressive beauty, and quite superbly characterised, with every second of Athanaël’s progress from prurient fanaticism to desire, atheism and despair registering with quite astonishing vividness."
Tim Ashley, Gramophone (June 2020)

“Joshua Hopkins sang the enormous role of Athanaël with stunning skill. His character’s bold, even bullying personality was spot on, depicting a monk who is often called too proud in his single-minded pursuit of winning the soul of the courtesan Thaïs. In the end, Athanaël discovers he is in love with Thaïs, and renounces his faith at her death-bed, while she, unaware of his worldly obsession with her, sees a vision of angels and saints welcoming her into the afterlife. Hopkins was remarkable in stamina, musicality, and sheer force in his performative stage presence, but above all, he presented a clear artistic grasp of the French singing idiom. He was an ideal casting for the role, and a prudish sharp contrast to the worldly Alexandrians he must unwillingly court if he is to win Thaïs’s soul as his prize.”
Stephan Bonfiel, Ludwig Van Toronto (November 2019)
 

“Athanaël (sung wonderfully by Canadian baritone Joshua Hopkins) is a monk who casts aside all worldly pleasures, instead choosing divine love and its promise of eternal life…Hopkins brings a warm and stoic sound to Athanaël, walking the line between the learned composure of a monk and the white-knuckled battle of a man in conflict with his own virile body.”
Jenna Simeonov, The Globe and Mail (November 11 2019)
 

“Appearing as Athanaël, Joshua Hopkins’ steely stage manners proclaimed his character’s eternal inflexibility, clutching his thick binder of music like some treasured holy book…Hopkins’ assertive reach somewhat lightened by his translucent mid range provided an engaging platform for his maniacal monk. Largely deprived of opportunities to spotlight style and technique by virtue of Massenet’s penchant for declamation rather than aria, the rising young Canadian baritone gave more than ample expression to a succession of smouldering recits and ariosos.”
Ian Ritchie, Opera Going Toronto (November 2019)
 

“Baritone Joshua Hopkins has a beguiling, lyric tone to his voice, but it was powerful enough to hold its own against the orchestra as he portrayed Athanaël.”
John Terrauds, The Toronto Star (November 2019)
 

“The Canadian baritone Joshua Hopkins was the perfect counterpart to Wall as the monk Athanaël. His vibrant voice had enormous power when required and yet could project intensity in quieter passages. This was my first-time hearing Hopkins and he showed his worthiness for the leading roles he enjoys on the world’s biggest stages.”
David Richards, Toronto Concert Reviews (November 2019)

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