Justin Hopkins, bass-baritone
Bass-baritone Justin Hopkins is a young performer in increasing demand nationally and internationally. Known for his warm and rich bass voice, as well as his magnetic stage presence, he has been featured in such concert halls and theaters as Carnegie Hall; Symphony Hall, Boston; Queen Elizabeth Hall, London; and Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Brussels. In the 2016-17 season, Mr. Hopkins will perform Il Servo and Il Medico in Macbeth with Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie; Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro with Opera Memphis; Revered Salvation in The Cradle Will Rock with Opera Saratoga; Stephen Kumalo in Lost in the Stars and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; Mozart’s Requiem with Dayton Philharmonic; and a Florida and Midwest US tour with the Boston Pops.
In the 2015-16 season, Mr. Hopkins made his Philadelphia Orchestra debut singing Aaron Copland’s Old American Songs. He also appeared at Lincoln Center in A Coffin in Egypt starring Frederica von Stade; Carnegie Hall performing Repast, a solo opera-oratorio based on the life of civil rights figure Booker Wright; the Apollo Theater for the workshop of We Shall Not Be Moved; Symphony Hall in Boston for The Golden Age of Broadway with the Boston Pops; Independence Hall with the Philly Pops; and Opera Delaware for the east coast premiere of Franco Faccio’s Amleto.
A versatile artist, Mr. Hopkins has performed operatic roles ranging from Mozart to Philip Glass, as well as solo concert repertoire including Britten’s War Requiem and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. He has performed under the distinguished batons of such conductors as Keith Lockhart, Charles Dutoit, and Valery Gergiev, and with orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Boston Pops, American Symphony Orchestra, and Verbier Festival Orchestra. Mr. Hopkins has performed for numerous dignitaries and heads of state, most notably a command solo performance in 2009 for the Dalai Lama. He took 2nd place in the 2012 Lotte Lenya Competition. A native of Philadelphia, Mr. Hopkins was a member of the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Men’s Chorale, and first performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra as a boy chorister in War Requiem under the baton of Wolfgang Sawallisch in 1993.