Kirsty Hopkins read Music at Manchester University and then continued her post-graduate vocal training under Linda Hirst at Trinity College of Music in London where she won the Elizabeth Schumann Lieder Prize. She now enjoys a versatile career as a soloist and consort singer performing all over the world with some of today’s most exciting and renowned conductors and ensembles.
Operatic roles include Asphodéle in L’Etoile by Chabrier for Sir John Eliot Gardiner at the Opéra Comique in Paris and for François-Xavier Roth in Nimes, Galatea in Handel Acis & Galatea for Jerusalem Early Music, Cupid in Purcell’s King Arthur for New Chamber Opera, Spirit in Purcell Dido and Aeneas for Harry Christophers and The Sixteen, and the title role in a semi-staged production of Purcell Bonduca for The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at King's Place, London.
Recent solo concert performances include Handel Dixit Dominus for Harry Christophers at Usher Hall in the Edinburgh Festival, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Sydney Opera House and the New Zealand International Arts Festival, "Glory of Venice" programme for Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment directed by Robert Howarth at St George's Bristol, Monteverdi Vespers for I Fagiolini at St John's Smith Square in London, Bach Lutheran Mass in G Minor for the Australian Chamber Orchestra directed by Richard Tognetti at the Maribor Festival in Slovenia, Handel Israel in Egypt for Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Monteverdi Vespers for The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment conducted by Robert Howarth throughout the UK and Europe. Kirsty recently made her proms debut in the BBC "Inspire" Young Composers Prom with Aurora Orchestra conducted by Nicholas Collon.
Forthcoming highlights include a recital with James Burton at West Green House, the 2012/13 season with Rambert Dance Company performing their new work "Love Songs" and Purcell King Arthur for Harry Christophers at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival.