Baritone Joshua Hopkins makes his New York City Opera debut this week in Leonard Bernstein’s A Quiet Place (October 27 to November 21). The Pembroke, Ontario native is the winner of the 2006 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award and the Verbier Festival Academy's 2008 Prix d'Honneur. He has been celebrated as "… an outstanding young baritone with a virile, vigorous yet velvety sound and an immediately evident dramatic authority." (Globe and Mail). Hopkins made his Metropolitan Opera debut last season as Ping in Turandot, and was recently featured in the Met’s publication, Opera News.
Hopkins’ 2010-11 season includes debuts with two other American opera companies: he performs in the Dallas Opera production of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette (February 11 to 27, 2011), and with the San Diego Opera production of Gounod’s Faust (April 23 to May 1, 2011).
Joshua Hopkins has signed an exclusive recording contract with ATMA Classique, and Let Beauty Awake is his solo recording debut. The CD is devoted to songs by English, Canadian, and American composers Ralph Vaughan Williams, Srul Irving Glick, and Samuel Barber. A song cycle by writer and composer Paul Bowles — known primarily as the author of the iconic novel The Sheltering Sky — is also included.
Hopkins is a guest soloist for performances of Bach’s St. John Passion in Montreal with Arion Baroque Orchestra and Les Voix Baroques (November 26, 27), and will be featured in ATMA’s forthcoming recording of the work.