Paul Hopwood's Profile
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Paul Hopwood commenced his singing career whilst studying English at Leeds University. He sang as a Lay-Clerk at Leeds Parish Church, and whilst an undergraduate, sang the Evangelist in the St. John Passion, took part in premieres of new works, and performed the two tenor rôles in The Marriage of Figaro. He was a member of the National Youth Choir, and a founder member of the National Youth Chamber Choir (now Laudibus), singing solo on their debut CD.
A career in English and drama teaching took him to a busy job at Eton College, but he decided to return to singing. He won a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he spent a year as a full time post-graduate student. Paul currently studies with David Pollard.
On the opera stage, he has sung the role of Endimione in Rossi’s Orfeo at St. John Smith’s Square, the title role of Master of the Known Universe by Keith Burstein at the Battersea Arts Centre, Young Officer, Ariadne auf Naxos for Aldeburgh, Gastone, La Traviata, for Dartington Festival, and took the main role in performances of Pergolesi’s Il Maestro di Musica in Trento, Northern Italy. He has also sung the role of Tamino in an orchestral master class with Sir Colin Davis.
As well as performing with Glyndebourne Festival Chorus, Paul has sung with the Nitro Company, performing contemporary chamber opera at the Linbury Theatre, ROH, Don Curzio, The Marriage of Figaro for Savoy Opera, the role of Count Almaviva for Swansea City Opera and 1st Priest and 1st Armed Man, Magic Flute and Torquemanda l’Heure Espagnol for Opera Project
Paul is in increasing demand as an oratorio soloist, and has performed across the UK, Europe, and as far as Dubai. His wide range of repertoire has included Verdi’s Requiem, Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius and Britten’s St. Nicholas, Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall, and at the Dartington Festival, he performed in a rare complete performance of Coleridge-Taylor’s Hiawatha. In recital, he has sung two of Britten’s canticles (with Eugene Asti), as well as the song cycles Winter Word’, On This Island and Tippett’s Boyhood's End. He attended the Britten-Pears school, where he studied with Anthony Rolfe-Johnson, and sang solo in a BBC broadcast performance of Handel’s ‘Dixit Dominus’ as part of the Aldeburgh Festival. He recently recorded the Mozart Requiem for the Hyperion label.
Paul has recently covered the role of Mayor Upfold, Albert Herring for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, performed the roles of Grigory, Boris Godunov and The Young Gypsy Aleko (Rachmininov) for scenes at the Jerwood Studio, Glyndebourne and covered the role of 1st Priest/1st Armed Man, Die Zauberflöte, for the Glyndebourne Tour.
He is currently covering the role of Spoletta, Tosca for Raymond Gubbay.