Ben Heppner in Recital
Ben Heppner, Tenor
Canadian tenor Ben Heppner is recognized worldwide for his interpretation of such roles as Wagner’s Tristan and Lohengrin, Verdi’s Otello, and Berlioz’s Aeneas. He made his Seattle Opera debut as Walther von Stolzing in Wagner’s Meistersinger von Nürnberg in 1989 and returned to the company to sing the Prince in Dvorak’s Rusalka, the title role in Wagner’s Lohengrin, the title role in Giordano’s Andrea Chénier, and his role debut as Tristan in the 1998 production of Tristan and Isolde. Heppner made his Metropolitan Opera debut in the title role of Mozart’s Idomeneo and has returned to that company as Aenas, Otello, Tristan, Lohengrin, Walther von Stolzing, Parsifal, Andrea Chénier, Florestan in Beethoven’s Fidelio, Gherman in Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades, the Prince in Rusalka, and Laca in Janacek’s Jenufa. Heppner has traveled throughout North America and Europe to perform these and other roles at Royal Opera Covent Garden, Vienna State Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Bavarian State Opera, San Francisco Opera, and Lyric Opera of Chicago, among others. In the 2007/08 season, his concert appearances include a Gala Concert at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, the Philharmonic Orchestra of La Scala at Carnegie Hall, Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius with Boston Symphony and with Vancouver Symphony, and Sibelius songs with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Los Angeles, Paris, and London. He joins the Berlin Philharmonic to sing Mahler’s Lied von der Erde at the Berlin Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall, and Boston’s Symphony Hall. This season, Heppner appeared in Tristan und Isolde at the Met and sings his first staged performances of the title role of Wagner’s Siegfried with Berlin Philharmonic at the Festival d'Aix en Provence. Heppner has received Grammy Awards for Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (London/Decca records, 1998) and Les Troyens (London Symphony Orchestra on LSOLive, 2001). He is an Officer of the Order of Canada. Heppner returns to Seattle Opera for a recital with Asher Fisch in August 2008.