American dramatic mezzo-soprano Janet Hopkins is renowned for her powerful, rich voice – but that’s not all, she’s also a wine enthusiast. Her 16+ years as a soloist at the New York Metropolitan Opera have seen her garner critical acclaim and enthrall audiences around the world with her broad repertoire. As if that wasn’t enough, Janet blended her own red wine in 2007 and recorded a CD accompanying it.
At the Metropolitan Opera, Miss Hopkins has performed in a broad array of roles. Miss Hopkins has performed with numerous opera companies world wide. She remains a concert favorite at New York’s famed Carnegie Hall. Her many recordings have been well received and critically commended, particularly her Ulysses Kay’s “Three Pieces after Blake” for soprano and orchestra on Albany Records.
Always stretching the boundaries of her performing repertoire, in October 2010, Miss Hopkins was featured soloist on the Concert Stage of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. at the performance of the historic Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin. This production honored those who were interred in the World War II concentration camp at Terezin.
On April 2nd 2011, Miss Hopkins will debut as co-host of Everyday Opera, an internet magazine, radio program, and podcast application. The program will include interviews with representatives of opera companies, directors, and performers along with travel/food/wine pieces on various locations. Everyday opera, a non-profit company, was created with the sole intent of promoting opera and classical music through education and information. Its goal is to educate the listener and encourage them to become involved with the Arts in their own community. See www.EverydayOpera.com
Known for her innovative style and approach to bringing classical music to broader audiences, Miss Hopkins’ passion and support for the Arts is well documented, she’s a Thirsty Girl giving back. In November 2007, this busy diva revolutionized the wine and music worlds with her introduction of ARIA. A first-of-its-kind music and fine wine project, ARIA received rave reviews from The New York Times and USA Today. Miss Hopkins personally blended her own red wine. She recorded a CD of well known Italian love songs at historic Capitol Records in Hollywood. The limited edition set known as ARIA was an immediate sell-out hit.
Janet Hopkins recognizes the joy to be derived from singing, not only living her passion but helping those not only in the vocal world but in various charities around the world. Her drive for living the fullest life is apparent, as is her essential thirst for life.