to view a YouTube video, African American Legends, in which Gregory Hopkins, HOT's Artistic Director, gives a detailed narrative about Harlem Opera Theater and blacks in opera.
Dr. Gregory Hopkins, Artistic Director
Gregory Henry Hopkins is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in voice from Temple University, Master's Degree in opera from Curtis Institute of Music and doctoral degree in music from Belford University. He is the winner of top prizes in the Busseto Verdi Competition and the Mantova International Vocal Competition, both in Italy, the Dealy Award and the Opera Index Grant.
Dr. Hopkins has sung the role of Othello with the Metropolitan Opera Education department. He has sung the Manzoni Requiem by Verdi with the Orchestras of Anchorage, Alaska; Chicago Illinois; Honolulu; Washington, DC; the New York Choral Society; and The Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia. Performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony have been performed with The Baltimore Symphony, the Symphony in Bogota, Colombia, and the New Haven Symphony. Professor Hopkins has sung Orff’s “Carmina Burana” with the Colorado Symphony and with The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater where he also was a featured soloist in “Revelations”. For Eve Queler’s Opera Orchestra of New York, Professor Hopkins has sung “I Vespri Siciliani” and “La Battaglia di Legnano”, both by Verdi; “Il Pirata” (Bellini), “Joan of Arc” (Tchaikovsky) and “Robert le Diable” (Meyerbeer). With New York City Opera, Dr. Hopkins debuted in “Die Soldaten” (Zimmerman) with subsequent performances in “Turandot” (Puccini); “Dr. Faust”, (Busoni), and “The Mother of Three Sons” (Jenkins). Other Operatic performances include: “La Donna del Lago”(Rossini) with The Arizona Opera; “The Prodigal Son” and “Curlew River”, both by Britten in Venice, Italy; and Idomeneo” (Mozart) in Geneva, Switzerland; also “Nabucco” by Verdi with the Queens Choral Society and Opera Ebony.
Additional performances with Opera Ebony and Opera North include: “Lo Schiavo” (Gomes),“Madame Butterfly” and “La Bohème” both by Puccini; and “La Traviata” and “Aida” both by Verdi. With the Five Colleges Orchestra, Professor Hopkins has performed: “Tosca” (Puccini) and Cavalleria Rusticana” (Mascagni) along with “The Barber of Seville” (Rossini) in Martinique. He has sung Undine Moore’s “Scenes in the Life of a Martyr”, with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony.
He has performed the title role in “The Ordering of Moses” with the National Symphony and “I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes”, by Hailstork, with the Atlanta Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Berkshire Choral Festival, Baltimore Symphony, and Chattanooga Symphony. Additionally, Greg has performed, also by Hailstork, “Done Paid My Vow” with the Long Island Philharmonic, and the world premiere of “Deborah” (Schoenfield) with the Haifa Symphony in Israel and in the United States with the National Symphony in DC as part of the 50th Anniversary of Israel.
This includes all the international performances of the Harlem Jubilee Singers, a choir affiliated with Harlem Opera Theater.
As a singer, pianist, organist, choral conductor, teacher and clinician, Dr. Hopkins has traveled throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and The Middle East, with recent performances including The Cervantino Festival (Mexico), and festivals as Umbria Jazz (Italy), Jazz a Vienne (France) and JazzVitoria (Spain).
Dr. Hopkins serves The National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses as Director of Performance Ministries; The Hampton University Minister's Conference as Recital Co-Coordinator; and Gospel Music Workshop of America as Vocal Consultant to the Men's Department. He has been twice privileged to prepare and present musicals for the National Baptist Convention’ annual sessions, and was musical director for the NAACP's Centennial Celebration. At Arkansas Baptist College's EC Morris Institute he is Choral Clinician.
As an educator, he has served on the faculties of: Community College of Philadelphia; Morgan State University; Westminster Choir College and NY Seminary of the East. Currently, he is Assistant Professor of Voice at Howard University in Washington.
For nearly a quarter of a century he has been Minister of Music for Harlem's Convent Avenue Baptist Church. He is also Artistic Director for Harlem Opera Theater and Music Director for the Harlem Jubilee Singers and Cocolo Japanese Choir.
Dr. Hopkins is a featured artist on five recordings: “Blue Monday” (Gershwin) and “Lost in the Stars” (Kurt Weill), a recording of Spirituals entitled “Amazing Grace” which he conducted, “the Gospel at Carnegie Hall” and “Done Paid my Vow”.