HGO Appearances: Tristan in Tristan and Isolde (2013)
About the Artist: Ben Heppner’s career has taken him to opera stages and concert halls around the world. Among his many performances at the Metropolitan Opera, he has sung the title roles in Robert Wilson’s production of Lohengrin and Dieter Dorn’s Tristan and Isolde, Florestan in Fidelio, Aeneas in Les Troyens, and Ghermann in The Queen of Spades. Further roles at the Met include the title role in Idomeneo for his debut, the title roles in Parsifal, Otello and Andrea Chénier, Laca in Jenůfa, Walther von Stolzing in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and the Prince in Rusalka. He has sung these and other roles at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Vienna State Opera; La Scala; Bavarian State Opera; San Francisco Opera; and Lyric Opera of Chicago. During the 2011–12 season, he returned to Calgary Opera as Captain Ahab in Jake Heggie’s Moby-Dick, a role he created for The Dallas Opera in 2010; sang Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; and performed in concert with the Elroa Festival Singers in Elora, Ontario, and with Music and Beyond in Ottawa. He made his debut with Welsh National Opera in May 2012 singing Tristan, which is also the role for his operatic debut at the Canadian Opera Company in February 2013. He will reprise the role of Ahab for San Francisco Opera in the fall of 2012. Heppner received a Grammy Award in 1998 for his recording of Die Meistersinger (London/Decca) and another in 2001 for his recording of Les Troyens with the London Symphony Orchestra on LSOLive. He is a Companion of the Order of Canada.
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