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  • Paul Hopwood - Tenor Website:

    Email: mail@[my name with no spaces - this is an anti- SPAM measure].com


    2001-2002 GSMD, Post-graduate PDVT/Mmus (Entrance scholarship) 1994-2001 English/Drama Teacher, Chigwell School, then Eton College 1993-1994 London Institute of Education (PGCE) English/Drama 1989-1992 Leeds University, BA(Hons) English Literature/Drama

    Voice Teacher: David Pollard (2001 - present)


    2019 (Planned) Scottish Opera - covers of Tikhon - Katya Kabanova, Harry King - Anthropecene 2018 Göttingen International Händel Festival - Varo - Arminio

    ENO - covers of Ghandi - Satyagraha, Narraboth - Salome 2017 Royal Opera - Servant - The Exterminating Angel

    Glyndebourne Festival Opera/Touring Opera - cover of Polonius, Hamlet Dartington Festival - Bob Boles, cover of Peter Grimes, Peter Grimes, Tenor soloist, King Arthur, Samson, Samson (Handel)

    2016 Glyndebourne Festival Opera - cover of the Schoolmaster, Cunning Little Vixen ENO - cover of High Priest, Akhnaten (Glass) Royal Opera - Temporary full-time chorister

    2015 ENO - Gastone Traviata, cover of Sinowi, Lady Macbeth of Mitsensk Pop-up Opera - Belmonte, Die Entführung aus dem Serail Opera Project at West Green Opera - Tanzmeister, Ariadne auf Naxos

    2014 Glyndebourne Festival - Marschillin’s Major Domo, Rosenkavalier, cover of the Podesta, La Finta Giardiniera and workshops on new Luke Styles opera. Glyndebourne Touring Opera - cover of the Podesta, La Finta GIardiniera, cover of Gastone, Traviata, Education show - Five Deaths and a Happy Ending Unexpected Opera - ‘Carmen chat-show’ at St James’s Studios

    2013 ENO - Gastone, Traviata Glyndebourne Festival Opera - cover of Dr Caius, Falstaff Glyndebourne Touring Opera - cover of Witch, Hänsel & Gretel Garden Opera - Don José - Carmen Opera Project - Spalanzani - The Tales of Hoffmann

    2012 ENO - cover of Hoffmann, The Tales of Hoffmann and covers of Interpreter/Usher/Mr By-Ends/ 2nd Shepherd, The Pilgrim’s Progress (Vaughan-Williams) Stanley Hall - Canio, Pagliacci Opera Project - Gherardo, Gianni Schicchi Unexpected Opera - ‘Naked Opera’ - cabaret show Glyndebourne Education - workshops on the Prince - Rusalka

    2011 ENO - Covers of Faust, The Damnation of Faust and Eumete, The Return of Ulysses Linbury Theatre ROH - Helmsman/Accountant and cover of Marlow, The Heart of Darkness Glyndebourne and LPO education - composition project with Luke Styles and Julian Philips St. John’s Smith sq - Tamino, Magic Flute

    2010 Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Tour - Covers of Sellem, The Rake’s Progress and Malcolm, Macbeth, Education work on Ramiro, Cenerentola, Chorus Quintessential Opera - Tito, La Clemenza di Tito

    2009 Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Tour - Cover of Dr Caius, Falstaff, Education work on Laca and Steva, Jenufa, Chorus Royal Opera - Jemmy Twitcher, The Beggar’s Opera

  • 2008 Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Tour - extracts from Young Gypsy, Aleko, Grigory, Boris Godunov (Jerwood project performances), Cover of Mayor Upfold, Albert Herring, cover of Armed man/1st priest, Die Zauberflöte, Chorus Raymond Gubbay - Cover of Spoletta,Tosca, Chorus

    2007 Opera Project - Torquemada, L’Heure Espagnole, 1st Armed man/priest, Die Zauberflöte Swansea City Opera/Operabox - Count Almaviva, Barber of Seville

    2006 Glyndebourne Festival Opera - Cover of Yelustaf (prepared only - interrupted by road accident), and education work on Antonio, Betrothal in a Monastery (Prokofiev), Chorus

    2005 Glyndebourne Festival Opera - Tourist, studio production of Greed (Jonathan Dove), Chorus 2004 Swansea City Opera - Count Almaviva, Barber of Seville

    Batignano - Sospiro, Opera Seria (Gassmann) (prepared only - interrupted by my son’s premature birth) Oxford - Caspar, Amahl and the Night Visitors (production arranged for a children’s charity)

    2003 Trento Theatre - Il Maestro, Il Maestro di Musica (Pergolesi) Glyndebourne Festival Opera - Chorus

    2002 BAC Opera Festival - Aurelios, Aurelios, Master of the Universe (Keith Berstein) Dartington Festival - Gastone, La Traviata GSMD - Tamino, Die Zauberflöte - Concert performance (cond. Colin Davis), Endimione, Orfeo (Rossi, cond. Christian Curnyn)

    Oratorio and Song

    Solo highlights include: Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall with the RPO and Royal Choral Society Verdi Requiem - six performances Orff Carmina Burana at the Barbican Centre Elgar The Dream of Gerontius and The Apostles Britten St. Nicholas, various songs and Canticles 2 and 3 (recorded for the CD accompanying Graham Johnson’s book on Britten song)

    Other Singing Experience

    2012 - present BBC Singers extras’ list 2002 - 2004 Provider of demo recordings for Decca, in order for Luciano Pavarotti to choose and

    then learn new crossover compositions 1992 - 1996 Member of National Youth Chamber Choir, latterly called Laudibus 1988 - 1993 Member of National Youth Choir 1989 - 1992 Lay-clerk at Leeds Parish Church

    Solo Recordings

    2018 Händel - Arminio - Varo (Live performance from Göttingen, released by Accent Label 2009 Britten/Gay- Beggar’s Opera - Jemmy Twitcher (Chandos) 2005 Mozart Requiem- Live performance released by Hyperion and broadcast on Radio 3.

    Drama Experience

    Participation in a number of plays through university and for a couple of years afterwards including roles in Aphra Behn’s The Rover, Shakespeare’s As You Like It, and contemporary political dramas including Howard Brenton’s Plays for the Poor Theatre. As a practising Drama teacher, I have also directed several school productions by playwrights including Brecht, Beckett, Feydeau and Shakespeare, and have designed and written a successful TIE project, as well as writing a three-act comedy.

    Other Relevant Experience

    Especially following an unfortunate career interruption forced on me by a road accident, I have continued to occasionally step in and teach English and Drama. As well as performing in their workshops. I have provided a number of teaching resources for the Glyndebourne Education department’s online resource packs, and for the last three years of my time in the full-time chorus, I was the writer of the Glyndebourne website’s in-house blog - ‘Stage Write’.