Janet Hopkins: New York City, New York
Janet Hopkins, christened The Met Diva by her loyal following, is a celebrated mezzo-soprano with over 16 years of superb performances at the New York Metropolitan Opera. Miss Hopkins made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera during the 1991–1992 seasons in The Ghosts of Versailles, and has returned on numerous occasions to grace the Met stage, as well as having toured Japan three times with the legendary company. While in Japan the respected performer sang a series of solo recitals in Tokyo, garnering much critical acclaim. Presently, Miss Hopkins continues to thrill audiences, performing at Galas and Recitals across the United States, and beyond. Moreover, in 2007, Miss Hopkins created a CD package called ARIA, “a world class wine, personally blended by Miss Hopkins from the Tulip Hill Winery, coupled with her recording of classical Italian love songs at historic Capitol Records in Hollywood.” This innovative pairing won critical acclaim from The New York Times and USA Today and was a bona fide hit with all her fans.
For more about The Met Diva, visit JanetEHopkins.com. Be sure to listen to The Met Diva on ConciergeQ Conversations with Chantal Westerman too!
The Concierge Questionnaire: Janet Hopkins, Opera Singer
What is your favorite word to describe New York City? Happening!
What word best reflects the people of New York City? Enriched.
What is the most creative, spiritual or emotional place in New York City?
Tough one to pick only one! The Metropolitan Opera.
Founded in 1883, “the Metropolitan Opera is a vibrant home for the most creative and talented artists, including singers, conductors, composers, orchestra musicians, stage directors, designers, visual artists, choreographers, and dancers from around the world. Known as the venue for the world’s greatest voices, the Met has been under the musical direction of James Levine since 1976.”
The Metropolitan Opera: Lincoln Center
Please visit the Met for current production information, tickets, directions and much more!
What is your favorite outdoor activity in New York City?
I should say rush hour in a cab, but...walking Central Park!
Central Park has over 58 miles for paths to explore on foot, skates or bike!
Please visit Central Park for maps (including a runner’s map) and much more!
What is your favorite indoor activity in New York City?
The museums! My favorite museum is the Museum of Natural History, but the mummies in the Metropolitan Museum of Art are a close second!
American Museum of Natural History:
79th Street and Central Park West
Hours: Daily, 10am-5:45pm
The Metropolitan Museum of Art:
1000 Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street
Hours: Tuesday–Thursday, 9:30am–5:30pm, Friday-Saturday, 9:30am–9pm and Sunday, 9:30am–5:30pm
What is your favorite sound or noise in New York City?
St. Patrick's Cathedral bells.
Completed in 1879, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral is the largest gothic-style Catholic Cathedral in the United States.
Saint Patrick’s Cathedral: Fifth Avenue
(between 50th and 51st Streets)
Please visit Saint Patrick’s Cathedral for the Mass schedule, public tour information and much more!
What is your favorite smell or taste in New York City? Pretzels and honey-roasted peanuts.
What drink best reflects New York City?
A Martini dirty (olive juice) with extra olives, please! Way too many wonderful bars in Manhattan, but my favorite is Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola with great jazz right in Lincoln Center!!!!
Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, an intimate room with amazing views of Central Park, presents the best in live jazz performance seven nights a week!
Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola: 33 West 60th Street
Please visit Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola for the current music schedule and more!
What song or type of music best reflects New York City?
OPERA!!!!! If I had to pick the favorite opera to perform, it would be Cavalleria Rusticana- the role of Santuzza-all passion and fire, illicit sex, unwed pregnancy, murder, and gorgeous music all crammed into a one act opera-something for everyone!
If Heaven were New York City, what would God say to a visitor when they arrive at the Pearly Gates? Take them with a grain of salt!!!
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