Born just metres away from what were soon to be the South Western reaches of the M25, Paul’s first career was as an English and Drama teacher, where he eventually found himself in the unlikely position of teaching at Eton College. However, in a moment of unguarded bohemianism, he chose to leave this behind and pursue a singing career instead. He took a post-graduate scholarship at the GSMD, then joined the Glyndebourne chorus, understudying many principal roles. Now establishing himself as a solo performer in his own right, he performed his first small solo role at Glyndebourne last year, as a busy Marschallin’s major-domo. For ENO, he has just performed the role of Gastone in La Traviata, and he has also understudied Faust for them in Berlioz’s Damnation of Faust, and Hoffman in Tales of Hoffman. Other recent roles for smaller companies have included Don Jose in Carmen for Garden Opera, and Canio in Pagliacci at Stanley Hall. Paul relishes a challenge, and his more unusual roles have varied from the lowlife Jemmy Twitcher in Beggar's Opera for the Royal Opera to the all-powerful Aurelios, 'Master of the Universe' in the eponymous ‘sci-fi’ opera at the BAC. Paul is also an experienced concert soloist. His recordings as soloist include a live performance of Mozart’s Requiem on the Hyperion label. Paul has succumbed to the need for shameless self-promotion, and so has his own website - www.paulhopwood.com - where he can be seen pictured in a number of unusual costumes, and where occasionally he remembers to update his news.