International recognized as one of the finest singer-actors of his generation, the Canadian baritone debuts this season at Palm Beach Opera as Papageno/The Magic Flute and Silvio/Pagliacci. In concert, he premieres Songs for Murdered Sisters—a collaboration between composer Jake Heggie and author Margaret Atwood, personally conceived by Hopkins in remembrance of his sister, Nathalie Warmerdam—in a film rendition directed by James Niebuhr and presented by Houston Grand Opera, with Heggie at the piano. Hopkins subsequently gives a solo recital for Vocal Arts D.C., also featuring Songs for Murdered Sisters, with pianist Myra Huang. Recent career highlights include Harry Bailey/Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s It’s a Wonderful Life (San Francisco Opera debut); his first Malatesta/Don Pasquale (Pittsburgh Opera) and Billy Budd (Central City Opera); and Count Almaviva/The Marriage of Figaro (Glyndebourne Festival Opera). His portrayal of Athanaël/Thaïs with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis conducting, was recently released on CD.
Previously at Lyric: Guglielmo/Così fan tutte (2018/19); Mercutio/Romeo and Juliet (2015/16); Tadeusz/The Passenger (2014|15).
Last updated: May 19, 2021
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