2018–19 Season: Harry Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life
Making his San Francisco Opera debut as Harry Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life, Canadian 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. In the 2017–18 season, he makes his house debut at the Norwegian National Opera as Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, followed by a return to Lyric Opera of Chicago as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, directed by John Cox and conducted by James Gaffigan. In the spring, he returns to the Metropolitan Opera as Mercutio in Bartlett Sher’s production of Roméo et Juliette, conducted by Plácido Domingo, and he finishes his season with a return to the Glimmerglass Festival as Figaro in a new production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia, directed by Francesca Zambello. Concert performances include Handel’s Messiah with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. In Hopkins' busy 2016–17 season, he stepped in for two unexpected projects: a debut at Dutch National Opera creating the leading role of Niccolò Machiavelli in the world premiere of Mohammed Fairouz and David Ignatius’s The New Prince and a return to Houston Grand Opera as Valentin in Faust. Future seasons will see return invitations to the Metropolitan Opera and Washington National Opera.