Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2007-02-16

Baritone Joseph Hopkins, Dean of Samford University's School of Performing Arts, will present his first formal recital as a Samford faculty member Tuesday (Feb. 20) at 7:30 p.m. in Brock Recital Hall. The public is invited free of charge.

Dr. Hopkins will sing "See! the raging flames arise" from Joshua by George Frideric Handel, Don Quichotte a Dulcinee by Maurice Ravel and "Questo amor, vergogna mia" from Edgar by Giacomo Puccini, as well as works by Edgar Grieg, Richard Strauss and Michael Head.

Hopkins became performing arts dean at Samford in July after serving as dean of Petrie School of Music at Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C., since 2002.

He has performed in many opera and concert productions, including the title role of Figaro in the production of Il barbiere di Siviglia that won first place in the 2000 National Opera Association production awards. He has performed with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the Madrid Chamber Orchestra and others.

Hopkins holds a doctor of music in vocal performance from Indiana University.