In May 2015 Kirsty was part of the cast of I Fagiolini's Betrayal: A Polyphonic Crime Drama. Directed by John La Bouchardiere and Robert Hollingworth, this immersive show was performed by six singers and six dancers and was based on the life and music of notorious murderer and composer Carlo Gesualdo.
"A performance of incredible musical accomplishment" Daily Telegraph
"An hour of absolutely glorious singing"
Click here to view a taster of the show.
Entanglement is a new chamber opera by Charlotte Bray and librettist Amy Rosenthal which premiered at Cheltenham Music Festival in July and had its welsh premiere at Presteigne Festival in August. George Vass conducted Nova Music Opera Ensemble and Richard Williams directed. The London premiere was at LSO St Luke's in June.
Kirsty played Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in the UK. Greg Tassell played her abusive murder victim David Blakeley and Howard Quilla Croft played her hapless admirer Desmond Cusson.
photo by Hannah Lane
Handel at Vauxhall is the next topic in the this exciting new series of Handel recordings conceived and conducted by Bridget Cunningham to be released on 4 March 2016 by Signum Records . This series is designed to capture poignant moments in Handel's life through the full compass of his travels and in doing so offers an insight into influences that inspired his rich lifetime of compositions.
Handel at Vauxhall Volume One contains much new music by Handel and his English contemporaries such as Thomas Arne and John Hebden and for the first time, reconstructs the first Act of a typical evening’s concert at Vauxhall Gardens during the 1740s.
London Early Opera are conducted by Bridget Cunningham who has researched and directed the music working alongside historian David E.Coke, co author of Vauxhall Gardens: A History with Alan Borg (Yale University Press). London Early Opera perform with soloists Sophie Bevan, Kirsty Hopkins, Eleanor Dennis, Charles MacDougall, Greg Tassell, Benjamin Bevan and organist Daniel Moult. Kirsty sings on two tracks from Handel's Acis and Galatea.
Streetwise Opera is an award-winning charity that uses music to help people who have experienced homelessness and other members of the community make positive changes in their lives.
At Easter 2016, Streetwise Opera and The Sixteen collaborated to present a landmark production, The Passion - two fully staged, immersive performances of an abridged version of Bach's St Matthew Passion with a new specially commissioned finale with music written by Sir James MacMillan to words written by Streetwise workshop participants. It was directed by Penny Woolcock and conducted by Harry Christophers CBE. Streetwise performers from Manchester took on major roles in the show alongside Evangelist Joshua Ellicott, a quartet from The Sixteen (Kirsty Hopkins, Hannah Pedley, Jeremy Budd and Ben Davies) and The Sixteen's choir and orchestra.
This inspiring and important production has received rave reviews and was broadcast on BBC4. You can watch films and new items about the show here.
photo by Graeme Cooper
This Christmas, Kirsty played "the Girl" in Rumbled, John Barber and Hazel Gould's immersive version of Rumpelstiltskin for 3-5 year olds at Wigmore Hall.
Johnny Herford played Rumpelstiltskin and Ben Abell The King. Hazel Gould directed and the instrumentalists were young artists from Royal Academy of Music. There were 9 sell-out performances of the show.
"A young girl has told a very big lie and now, if she doesn’t spin all this straw into gold by the morning, The King will cut off her head! There is no way she can do it, until she meets a mysterious stranger who casts a magical spell and all the dry straw is transformed into sparkling gold. Surely when The King sees all of these riches, he will marry her and make her Queen! But the magical elf returns and wants payment for his troubles."
photo by Benjamin Ealovega, with thanks to Wigmore Learning
In May, Kirsty was the soprano soloist for the European premiere of Howard Goodall's beautiful new work Invictus: A Passion at St John's Smith Square in London. The performance was Choir of Christchurch Cathedral Oxford and Lanyer Ensemble conducted by Stephen Darlington. Kirsty and tenor Mark Dobell appeared as soloists from The Sixteen.
She also features on the recording of Invictus out now on the CORO label. To listen to some audio clips from the album click here.
photo of Invictus recording session by David Lee
When the pandemic hit, Marylyn Abbott, owner of West Green House Gardens asked Kirsty to programme a series of concerts to take place outside and socially distanced in the gardens. The first of these was to be a tribute to the Andrews Sisters to celebrate VJ Day. Kirsty rang up her friends and colleagues Eloise Irving and Chloe Morgan and The Roxy Dots were born! The concert was so successful and fun that they decided to continue. To read a review of their most recent concert click here.
Listen to their demo:
photo courtesy of Ron Hope