KIRSTY HOPKINS

SOPRANO

Recent press and reviews...

"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)

"tenor Joshua Ellicott unfailingly carries the narrative with standout performances also coming as Jesus is sentenced to death on the cross, from Kirsty Hopkins’ soprano and Alexandra Jakeman’s flute on the Aus Liebe will mein Heiland sterben aria"
The Stage (The Passion, The Sixteen & Streetwise Opera, cond. Harry Christophers, dir. Penny Woolcock, Mar 2016)

"stealing the show was Kirsty Hopkins, her Ruth a peroxided, anguished victim, noble ultimately as she delivered her poignantly sung farewell"
Birmingham Post (Entanglement, Charlotte Bray & Amy Rosenthal, George Vass/Nova Music Opera, Presteigne Music Festival, Aug 2015)

"Kirsty Hopkins's concentrated, eerily beautiful performance"
theartsdesk.com (Entanglement, Charlotte Bray & Amy Rosenthal, George Vass/Nova Music Opera, Presteigne Music Festival, Aug 2015)

"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)

"a challenging, thoughtful and well-sung evening...Kirsty Hopkins commanded attention as the peroxide-blonde Ellis, steely and needy, implying an impassive and obsessive nature alongside moments of maternal behaviour"
The Guardian, Rian Evans (Entanglement, Charlotte Bray & Amy Rosenthal, George Vass/Nova Music Opera, Cheltenham Music Festival, July 2015)

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"Kirsty Hopkins's nuanced performance portrayed a deluded and even sociopathic woman"
The Times (Entanglement, Charlotte Bray & Amy Rosenthal, George Vass/Nova Music Opera, Cheltenham Music Festival, July 2015)

"Kirsty Hopkins's lovely performance of the Peruvian girl Orazia's love song to the Mexican warrior Moctezuma ('They tell us that your mighty powers above') reminds us that it ranks among Purcell's most rapturous operatic creations".
Gramophone Magazine, David Vickers (Indian Queen, Purcell recording, Harry Christophers & The Sixteen, Mar 2015)

"It's a delicious 72 minutes of Restoration wit and lyrical charm, performed gracefully by Harry Christophers' The Sixteen. There are stirring turmpet tunes, one magnificent bass scene (sonorously delivered by Eamonn Dougan) and fine solos from rising young singers such as Kirsty Hopkins and Matthew Long".
The Times **** (Indian Queen, Purcell recording, Harry Christophers & The Sixteen, Mar 2015)

"The Sixteen's Julie Cooper and Kirsty Hopkins delivered an intensely beautiful rendition, their ensemble and solo passages reflecting the composer's genuine mourning for his patron"
musicomh.com (Indian Queen, Swifter Isis, O Dive Custos, Purcell, Harry Christophers/The Sixteen, Wigmore Hall, Sept 14)

"... one of the highlights of the evening, the pure, glowing sopranos of Julie Cooper and Kirsty Hopkins complementing each other melodiously: dignified and elegant, the sopranos drew forth the telling nuances of the score..."
Opera Today (Indian Queen, Swifter Isis, O Dive Custos, Purcell, Harry Christophers/The Sixteen, Wigmore Hall, Sept 14)

"...and emerging star Kirsty Hopkins who sings the title role"
Oxford Times (Hagar in the Wilderness, Sally Beamish, George Vass/Nova Music, Music in Oxford, Oct 2013)

"a strongly expressive performance"
The Scotsman (Hagar in the Wilderness, Sally Beamish, George Vass/Nova Music, St Andrews, Oct 2013)

"Kirsty Hopkins's clear-toned and affecting Hagar"
The Times **** (Hagar in the Wilderness, Sally Beamish, George Vass/Nova Music, Presteigne Festival, Aug 2013)

"Kirsty Hopkins sang with agility and genuine emotional involvement as Abraham's discarded Hagar"
Birmingham Post (Hagar in the Wilderness, Sally Beamish, George Vass/Nova Music, Presteigne Festival, Aug 2013)

"The first work, Labyrinth of Love, was visually and orally superb as 14 dancers joined soprano Kirsty Hopkins on stage. 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. Inspired by love poems prose of well-known seven women, it was a dynamic and powerful performance, not least because of Kirsty's wonderful voice."
Press and Journal (Labyrinth of Love, Paul Hoskins/Rambert Dance Company, Eden Court, Inverness, Mar 2013)

"Kirsty Hopkins, soprano, sings words written by or about women and love spanning the last two and a half millenia. She also moves, and decorously dances, sometimes partnered. It's a glorious voice, a bravura performance; and yet completely integrated into the whole... The choreography, and the company's delivery of it, throughout this work is as good as anything you're likely to see this year and enchants everyone within earshot of this reviewer's seat".
Northings (Labyrinth of Love, Paul Hoskins/Rambert Dance Company, Eden Court, Inverness, Mar 2013)

"it is the mesmerizing voice of soprano Kirsty Hopkins which adds a whole other dimension to the dynamic, physical storytelling, through her performances of a selection of literary works relating to the women of whose romance she tells. The relationship between the two mediums at times creates moments of arresting beauty and at others of crushing despair and sadness, namely in "Liz's Lament", as the soprano consoles a deserted woman, whose woeful tale she narrates. Hopkins' voice is perfectly complemented by Michael Daugherty's varied score"
Impact Magazine (Labyrinth of Love, Paul Hoskins/Rambert Dance Company, Nottingham Theatre Royal, Mar 2013)

"In Brighton last night as part of their acclaimed Labyrinth of Love tour, the four piece repertoire show included some stunning perofrmances by the highly trained Rambert Dancers, a live orchestra and soloist Kirsty...Hopkins rendered the lyrics with her superb voice, and sometimes playful manner, never just a static vocalist, but often becoming part of the dance routines...The audience were entranced throughout"
guide2brighton (Labyrinth of Love, Paul Hoskins/Rambert Dance Company, Brighton Theatre Royal, Feb 2013)

"...wittily sung by onstage soprano Kirsty Hopkins..."
Sunday Telegraph (Labyrinth of Love, Paul Hoskins/Rambert Dance Company, Sadlers Wells, Oct 2012)

"This work is so much more than a sum of all its parts. There's imaginative choreography from Marguerite Donlon, a beautiful score from Michael Daugherty beautifully delivered by soprano Kirsty Hopkins and a visual landscape from Mat Collishaw whose images of Nature are projected on a wall of screens. This is the labyrinth of love and we can lose ourselves in the music, the movement and emotional and elemental moment. This was a wonderful piece that still resonates with me - full of energy and imagery"
Western Morning Star (Labyrinth of Love, Paul Hoskins/Rambert Dance Company, Plymouth Theatre Royal, Oct 2012)

"Soprano Kirsty Hopkins, placed on stage, sang the emotive poetic lines warmly"
Bachtrack.com (Labyrinth of Love, Paul Hoskins/Rambert Dance Company, Sadlers Wells, Oct 2012)

"The soprano soloists - Amy Moore and Kirsty Hopkins - deserve a special mention for sustaining a sumptuous tone whilst all the while their voices ascend heavenward. MacMillan's music is as technically demanding as it is emotionally powerful and it is a wonder that these exceptional young singers make it all sound so effortless."
James McCarthy, Classic FM Magazine (MacMillan A Child's Prayer from the album A Song of Farewell, Paul McCreesh/Gabrieli Consort, released Mar 2012)

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