Borletti-Buitoni Trust
BBT Artists Rewarding Musical Excellence
Joshua Hopkins
BBT Award 2006

Joshua Hopkins - Biography

Joshua Hopkins was supported by BBT between 2006 and 2011.  For an up to date biography go to

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 “…an outstanding young baritone with a virile, vigorous yet velvety sound and an immediately evident dramatic authority.” In the 2012-13 season, operatic performances include Lord Guglielmo Cecil in a return to the Metropolitan Opera in a new production by Sir David McVicar of Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro at the Glyndebourne Festival and Marcello in La bohèmein a new production with the Houston Grand Opera directed by John Caird.  On the concert stage Joshua Hopkins performs Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with Hans Graf and the Houston Symphony.  In a recital program presented by Early Music Vancouver, Michael Jarvis will join him for a programme that includes works by Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann and Mendelssohn.  Operatic highlights of past seasons include performances of Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with the Verbier Festival conducted by Paul McCreesh, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte at Santa Fe Opera conducted by Lawrence Renes and Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Vancouver Opera.  His dynamic concert schedule has included performances with the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Les Violons du Roy, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias in Spain.  Profoundly committed to the art of song, Joshua Hopkins’ first recital disc, Let Beauty Awake, was released in 2010 featuring songs of Barber, Bowles, Glick, and Vaughan Williams on the ATMA Classique label. Future seasons will see a return to the Metropolitan Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Houston Grand Opera, Glyndebourne Festival and debuts with Frankfurt Opera and Washington National Opera.

Last updated: September 2012

I wish to express my deepest gratitude to the Borletti-Buitoni Trust for creating an opportunity so invaluable to the future of young performing artists. Receiving the recognition of such an esteemed committee of musicians is reward enough, but to also be granted a Trust Award is a dream come true. Having been born ‘across the pond’ in Canada, I had not taken on the challenge of introducing myself to the European artistic community. The great honour of having my name associated with the Trust has given me an exciting opportunity to do so. I hope to introduce Canadian music where it might not otherwise be heard and look forward to sharing my art with new audiences.

Photographs by Dario Acosta, Marty Ulmans