Janet Hopkins, mezzo-soprano
Janet E Hopkins, mezzo-soprano was a principal soloist at the Metropolitan opera for fifteen seasons. Her recent performances have taken her to Michigan, Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina, Italy and California. She was the mezzo soloist for the Verdi requiem at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Tulsa and Minneapolis (2010/2011), the Berkshires and South Carolina (2012) and had national and international performances in 2013/4 including Spain, Boston, Charleston, New York, and St. Louis. Her upcoming performances include Tulsa, California, New York, and Italy.
Ms. Hopkins’ recordings include The Ghosts of Versailles and Elektra dvds along with a large collection of Texaco Broadcast “Live from the Met” recordings. She also has several solo recordings available, including Ulysses Kay: Works for Chamber Orchestra and Soprano and Ayala Asherov Kalus’ Cycles of the Moon on Naxos. In 2007, Ms. Hopkins produced a unique music and wine project: she personally blended her own Cuvee red wine in conjunction with the award winning Tulip Hill Winery. This was accompanied by a collection of classical Neapolitan Italian songs, recorded at the historical Capitol Records in Hollywood. The wine and cd were called “Aria”. The New York Times and USA Today gave it glowing reviews and it sold out in 2 months.
Ms. Hopkins is also founder and executive director of Opera-tunity Foundation for the Arts, an all-volunteer 501c3 non-profit for the education and appreciation of the arts. Their 2012 event, "Week of Remembrance, a Celebration of Jewish Artists" earned her and the Foundation a Resolution from the House of Representatives and the Senate. She also received an award from the Cultural Council of South Carolina for the event
Ms. Hopkins holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education, cum laude, and a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance, cum laude, from the State University of New York, Potsdam, NY. Ms. Hopkins joined the University of South Carolina School of Music in 2008 and is Associate Professor of Voice in the School of Music, chair of the vocal department.