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Paul Hopwood

Operatic tenor

Paul Hopwood is a British tenor based in South London.

Paul was a late-starter into the world of opera, having first trained and practised as an English and Drama teacher. After re-training at the London Guildhall, he started his career in the Glyndebourne chorus, and has now established himself as a principal artist. He is a versatile singer/actor, happy in mainstream lyric repertoire, though he is developing a particular reputation for covering contemporary and challenging repertoire. He has sung small roles and covered title roles for companies including Glyndebourne, ENO and the Royal Opera, and has recently made his German debut both as a principal and recitalist at the Göttingen International Handel Festival.

Paul also enjoys a successful career on the concert platform, and has performed as a soloist in venues including the Royal Albert Hall and the London Barbican.

So far this year, Paul has performed the role of Seleuco in a new production of a work by the baroque composer Stradella with the Barber opera in Birmingham, goosed around with a touring children's opera for the fantastic new company Ignite, and, with Opera Brava, spent an evening in front of the firing squad as Cavaradossi in the incongruously beautiful setting of Rodmarton Manor. Recently, he has also covered the title role in ENO's Satyagraha, has been busy workshopping top secret new work with the Royal Opera, and has covered in Glyndebourne's new productions of The Wreckers and Alcina. Future plans include the cover of the title role in Jephtha at the ROH, and the role of the intriguingly named Melanzane in Jonathan Dove's new opera Marx in London at Scottish opera. He is also looking forward to his main stage debut at the ROH, now planned for 2025.

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