Chosen by Opera News as one of twenty-five artists poised to break out and become a major force in the coming decade, 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)
In the 2018-2019 season, Joshua Hopkins makes his San Francisco Opera debut as Harry Bailey in Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s It’s a Wonderful Life. He also revisits the role of Valentin in Faust with Washington National Opera. Role debuts of this season include Malatesta in Don Pasquale with Pittsburgh Opera, as well as the title role of Billy Budd with Central City Opera. Concert engagements include Handel’s Messiah with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Matthew Halls, and Haydn’s Creation with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, also under the baton of Matthew Halls.
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 Portland Baroque Orchestra and Arion Orchestre Baroque. Joshua has performed Handel’s Messiah with many symphonies across North America, including San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, and National Symphony Orchestra. Additional highlights of his concert schedule include his debut with the Cleveland Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy in performances of Peer Gynt, 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. Joshua also made his debuts with the New World Symphony in an all-Schumann program under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas, the Hamburger Symphoniker as Dr. Pangloss in Candide conducted by Jeffrey Tate, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as Dr. Pangloss conducted by Marin Alsop.