2018–19 Season: Harry Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life
Performing for the first time at San Francisco Opera as Harry Bailey, baritone Joshua Hopkins has been chosen by Opera News as one of 25 artists poised to break out and become a major force in the coming decade. Last season, he made his house debut at the Norwegian National Opera as Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, followed by returns to Lyric Opera of Chicago as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, the Metropolitan Opera as Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette, and the Glimmerglass Festival as Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Later this season, he revisits Valentin in Faust with Washington National Opera and performs a couple of new roles: Malatesta in Don Pasquale with Pittsburgh Opera and the title role of Billy Budd with Central City Opera. Concert engagements include Handel’s Messiah with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Matthew Halls, and Haydn’s Creation with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, also under the baton of Halls. Hopkins created the role of Harry Bailey for the 2016 world premiere of It’s a Wonderful Life at Houston Grand Opera.