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Kirsty Hopkins

Classic FM magazine

Kirsty Hopkins read Music at Manchester University and then continued her post-graduate vocal training with Linda Hirst at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where she won the Elizabeth Schumann Lieder Prize.  She now enjoys a versatile career performing all over the world with some of today’s most exciting and renowned conductors and ensembles.

On the stage, this Easter Kirsty was soprano soloist in The Sixteen and Streetwise Opera's landmark production The Passion - a fully staged shortened version of Bach’s St Matthew Passion which received rave reviews and was broadcast on BBC4.  This summer she played Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in the UK, in Charlotte Bray's new operaEntanglement and was part of the cast of Betrayal, I Fagiolini's murderous fusion of renaissance music and contemporary dance. In 2014/15, she sang, played The Girl and was Musical Director at The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare's Globe in Thomas Tallis (as part of a soloist consort from The Sixteen).  In 2013 she created the title role in Sally Beamish’s chamber opera Hagar in the Wilderness which premiered at Presteigne Festival. She was the onstage singer for the 2012/13 season with Rambert in their new ballet Labyrinth of Love. Further operatic roles include Asphodéle in Chabrier L’Etoile for Sir John Eliot Gardiner at Opéra Comique and François-Xavier Roth in Nimes, Cupid in Purcell King Arthur for New Chamber Opera and the title role in a semi-staged production of Purcell Bonduca for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Recent concert performances include Purcell Indian Queen for Harry Christophers at Wigmore Hall and Handel Dixit Dominus for Harry Christophers at Usher Hall in the Edinburgh Festival, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Sydney Opera House and the New Zealand International Arts Festival, Soprano Evangelist in Arvo Pärt's Passio for Eric Whitacre conducting Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, “Glory of Venice” programme for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Handel Birthday Ode to Queen Anne at St Endellion Festival, Mozart Ch’io mi scordi di te with Joanna Macgregor, Bach Lutheran Mass in G minor for the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Handel Israel in Egypt for Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Monteverdi Vespers for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment conducted by Robert Howarth throughout the UK and Europe.  Kirsty made her BBC Proms debut in the BBC "Inspire" Young Composers Prom with Aurora Orchestra. Kirsty is a keen recitalist, a highlight being performing Dame Penelope Keith's favourite arias and songs from shows for West Green Opera.

Kirsty features on several recordings including Monteverdi Vespers for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Purcell Indian Queen for Harry Christophers and Handel at Vauxhall Volume 1 for London Early Opera. Television appearances include Charles Hazelwood’s “The Birth of British Music” and The Sixteen's “Sacred Music at Christmas” on BBC4.

Current plans include playing the title role in John Barber's new opera The Nightingale in Aldeburgh, recording more Purcell for Harry Christophers and The Sixteen with performances at Wigmore Hall, and further performances of Entanglement throughout the UK.

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Programmes featuring Kirsty Hopkins

In Venetia – Giovanni Gabrieli anniversary programme for 2012

QuintEssential sackbut and cornett... READ MORE

Posted on June 12th 2014

In Venetia

QUINTESSENTIAL with Kirsty Hopkins soprano and... READ MORE

Posted on June 12th 2014

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"Gibbons's silver swan can rarely have had her "silent throat" unlocked more sweetly than by Kirsty Hopkins's top notes"
The Times, Richard Morrison (I Fagiolini, Wigmore Hall, Apr 2016)

"Centre stage was Hopkins as Ruth.  She offered a gripping, multi-layered performance suggesting vulnerability, steely determination and instability in equal measure"
Opera Magazine, (Entanglement, Charlotte Bray & Amy Rosenthal, George Vass/Nova Music Opera, Cheltenham Music Festival, July 2015)

“Having a world-class singer perform live while dancers dart to and fro around you is a difficult task to pull off, but Kirsty made it look effortless…it was a dynamic and powerful performance, not least because of Kirsty’s wonderful voice” Press and Journal

“with exquisite ease…she seems to take us up to heaven and back”
Lucie Skeaping, The Early Music Show, BBC Radio 3


News featuring Kirsty Hopkins

Busiest day of the year so far! 1 April

We had a total of 21 singers working last Saturday,... READ MORE

Posted on April 3rd 2017

Kirsty Hopkins & Robert Anthony Gardiner - John Barber opera The Nightingale in Suffolk

Kirsty Hopkins is the Nightingale and Robert Anthony... READ MORE

Posted on April 22nd 2016

Kirsty Hopkins and Greg Tassell - new Handel at Vauxhall CD

Kirsty Hopkins and Greg Tassell are soloists on a new... READ MORE

Posted on March 7th 2016

Kirsty Hopkins "concentrated, eerily beautiful performance"

The Arts Desk reviewed the Presteigne Festival... READ MORE

Posted on September 8th 2015

New Kirsty Hopkins review in Gramophone

Kirsty Hopkins has received another glowing review,... READ MORE

Posted on June 1st 2015

Kirsty Hopkins on tour with I Fagiolini and Betrayal

Universal praise from the critics for the singing in... READ MORE

Posted on May 29th 2015

Kirsty Hopkins joins I Fagiolini for their

Kirsty Hopkins joins I Fagiolini for their... READ MORE

Posted on May 12th 2015

March Highlights

Always one of our busiest months… Adrian... READ MORE

Posted on March 1st 2014

Kirsty Hopkins triumphs as Hagar in Sally Beamish’s new opera at Presteigne

"Kirsty Hopkins’ clear-toned and affecting Hagar" ... READ MORE

Posted on August 22nd 2013