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14/15 Season Cast Lists:
Don Giovanni | Tosca | Semele | Ariadne auf Naxos

Ben Heppner
Ben Heppner

Ben Heppner


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, his role debut as Chénier 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 2007/08 season, Heppner appears 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 performs in recital with Asher Fisch at Seattle Opera in August 2008.

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