B i o g r a p h y
Hailed by Mark Swed of the L.A. Times for his "commanding presence" and "beautifully focused bass-baritone", Justin Hopkins continues to move audiences around the world with his performances. The 2023/24 season marks his Romania debut at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest, as well as his Vienna debut at the Wiener Festwochen. In 2022/23 he returned to Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie as Narumov in Pikovaya Dama, to Walt Disney Hall with Los Angeles Master Chorale in Haydn's Die Schöpfung and to Opera Ballet Vlaanderen in Antwerpen as Krishna in Philip Glass' Satyagraha. In 2021/22 he was engaged as a member of the ensemble at Konzert und Theater St. Gallen in St. Gallen, Switzerland. In 2020/21 he was a member of the ensemble at Grand Théâtre de Genève, and 2019/20 at Opera Ballet Vlaanderen in Antwerpen, Belgium.
Mr. Hopkins made his house and role debut at the Glimmerglass Festival in 2019 as Joe in Show Boat, for which he was hailed as “The soul of the production” by DC Theatre Scene. He made his debut with Opera Vlaanderen in 2018 as Lord Krishna and Parsi Rustomji in Philip Glass's Satyagraha. The 2017-18 season marked his Walt Disney Hall debut in Los Angeles with the Los Angeles Master Chorale in the Brahms Requiem. Mr. Hopkins also made his debut with Opera Southwest as Gessler in Guillaume Tell and Oroveso in Norma. Recent engagements also include an acclaimed debut with The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in Lost In The Stars and Beethoven Symphony No. 9; a return to Dayton for the Mozart Requiem with the Dayton Philharmonic; a Florida and mid-west tour with the Boston Pops; and a return to Opera Saratoga in The Cradle Will Rock.
Mr. Hopkins is also distinguishing himself on the concert stage as a pops and musical theater performer. He can often be seen headlining with his hometown Philly POPS Orchestra at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Independence Hall and The Mann Music Center. A house favorite at Symphony Hall in Boston, he has performed numerous times as well with the Boston Pops. His 33-concert run with the orchestra for the 2015 Holiday Pops was met with great acclaim. A frequent collaborator with conductor Keith Lockhart, Mr. Hopkins has performed under his baton with the BBC Concert Orchestra in London; War Requiem with the Dayton Philharmonic; and Copland's Old American Songs with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Concert repertoire includes Messiah; Die Schöpfung; Ein Deutsches Requiem; War Requiem; Elijah; Beethoven Mass in C; Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols; Bach Cantada 147; Israel in Egypt. Mr. Hopkins has performed under the batons of such conductors as Charles Dutoit, Valery Gergiev, Keith Lockhart, Leon Botstein, Alejo Pérez, Anthony Barrese, Francisco Noya, Paul Daniel, Paul McCreesh, Paolo Carignani, Steven Osgood, Joseph Illick and Jerome Shannon. He won second place in the 2012 Lotte Lenya Competition.
Performance for His Holiness The Dalai Lama
Carnegie Hall. American Symphony Orchestra. Leon Botstein, conductor
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