Ben Heppner is recognized worldwide as the finest dramatic tenor before the public today. He excels in the most challenging roles, from Wagner's Tristan and Lohengrin to Verdi's Otello and Berlioz' Aeneas. He is acclaimed in music capitals around the world for his beautiful voice, intelligent musicianship and sparkling dramatic sense. His performances on the opera stage, in concert with the world's leading orchestras, in the most prestigious recital venues, and in recordings have set new standards in his demanding repertoire.
During the 2007-2008 season, Mr. Heppner will make more than 25 concert appearances throughout Europe and North America, beginning with recitals throughout Ontario and a gala evening at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Fans can also look forward to seeing him perform at some of the most famous venues in the world, including Carnegie Hall, the Berlin Philharmonie and the Metropolitan Opera. It is at the Met that Heppner will once again join with James Levine for a performance of Tristan und Isolde, which will be simulcast in movie theatres throughout North America and the United Kingdom.
Mr. Heppner studied music at the University of British Columbia. He first gained national attention in 1979 as the winner of the Canadian Broadcasting Company Talent Festival. In December 1998, CBC television's Something Special featured Ben Heppner in an hour-long portrait of the artist. He is a 1988 winner of the Metropolitan Opera auditions and is both a Grammy Award winner and a Juno Award recipient. In 2002, Mr. Heppner was named an Officer of the Order of Canada.
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