KIRSTY HOPKINS

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Biography

Kirsty Hopkins read Music at Manchester University and then continued her post-graduate vocal training under Linda Hirst at Trinity College of Music in London (now 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 the 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. in April she played the title role in John Barber and Hazel Gould's new opera The Nightingale in Aldeburgh. This summer she played Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in the UK, in Charlotte Bray's opera Entanglement in its London premiere at LSO St Luke's and in 2015 was part of the cast of Betrayal, I Fagiolini's murderous fusion of renaissance music and contemporary dance. In 2014, 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) which returns for another run in the autumn 2015. In 2013 she created the title role in Sally Beamish’s new 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, with music by Michael Daugherty, directed by Paul Hoskins. Further operatic roles include Asphodéle in Chabrier L’Etoile for Sir John Eliot Gardiner at the Opéra Comique in Paris and for François-Xavier Roth in Nimes, Cupid in Purcell King Arthur for New Chamber Opera, Spirit in Purcell Dido and Aeneas for Harry Christophers and the title role in a semi-staged production of Purcell Bonduca for Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at King's Place, London.

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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 at Laeiszhalle, Glory of Venice programme for Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment directed by Robert Howarth at St George's Bristol, Handel Birthday Ode to Queen Anne at St Endellion Festival conducted by James Burton, Mozart Ch’io mi scordi di te with Joanna Macgregor at the Cornerstone Festival, Monteverdi Vespers for I Fagiolini at St John's Smith Square in London, Bach Lutheran Mass in G Minor for Australian Chamber Orchestra directed by Richard Tognetti at the Maribor Festival in Slovenia, Handel Israel in Egypt for Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Monteverdi Vespers for Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment conducted by Robert Howarth throughout the UK and Europe. Kirsty made her proms debut in the BBC "Inspire" Young Composers Prom with Aurora Orchestra conducted by Nicholas Collon and returned for the Eric Whitacre Late Night Prom in which she performed a short solo in his Cloudburst. Kirsty is a keen recitalist, a highlight being performing Dame Penelope Keith's favourite arias and songs from shows for West Green Opera with James Burton on the piano.

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

Future plans include playing "the girl" in John Barber and Hazel Gould's Rumbled at Wigmore Hall, reprising her role of Philadel the fairy in Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment's reworking of Purcell King Arthur for school children, recording more Purcell for Harry Christophers and The Sixteen with performances at Wigmore Hall, performances with choral societies around the country including Brahms Requiem at St John's Smith Square and a collaboration with Rautio Piano Trio performing Mozart.

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