In the 2018-19 season, Canadian baritone 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 this season include Malatesta in Don Pasquale with Pittsburgh Opera, and the title role of Billy Budd with Central City Opera. Later this season, he will sing Haydn’s The Creation with the Dallas Symphony. Mr. Hopkins’s recent seasons have featured performances in the roles of Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Papageno in The Magic Flute, and Marcello in La bohème at venues including the Glyndebourne Festival, Verbier Festival, Dallas Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Vancouver Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Lyra Ottawa, Oper Frankfurt, Santa Fe Opera, and Arizona Opera. He has been heard at Carnegie Hall in the world premiere of Michael Tilson Thomas’s Rilke Songs and a concert highlighting Benjamin Britten alongside Ian Bostridge and Iestyn Davies. Mr. Hopkins’s first recital disc, Let Beauty Awake, features songs of Barber, Bowles, Glick, and Vaughan Williams on the ATMA Classique label. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 2009.

(December 2018) 

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