Winner of the 2006 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award and the Verbier Festival Academy’s 2008 Prix d’Honneur, JOSHUA HOPKINS has been hailed as “…an outstanding young baritone with a virile, vigorous yet velvety sound and an immediately evident dramatic authority.” He has signed an exclusive recording contract with ATMA Classique and his first recital recording on the label is to be released in 2010.
Operatic engagements of the 2009/10 season include the artist’s Metropolitan Opera debut as Ping in Turandot, conducted by Andris Nelsons, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte at Opera Lyra Ottawa and 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. Hopkins tours 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 appears in recital at the Santa Fe Concert Association and, in conjunction with the Gilmore Festival, Hopkins presents an all-Schumann program for recital appearances in Michigan.
Highlights of his concert schedule have included Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with Hans Graf and the Houston Symphony, 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, Hopkins has given solo recitals at Carnegie Hall with J.J. Penna and in Toronto, offering a program entitled “Schubert’s Florilegium.” 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 Mozarts (Leopold, Wolfgang Amadeus, and Franz Xaver) under the auspices of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He has also 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 and 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 the Sylvia Gelber Foundation Award of the Canada Arts Council, and of prizes from the George London Foundation and the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation.