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Ben Heppner Reviews

Tristan und Isolde

Houston Grand Opera

A Liebestod to die for
1 May 13 / Wall Street Journal
Balancing act
24 Apr 13 / ConcertoNet (English)
Swedish soprano commanding in HGO's 'Tristan and Isolde'
23 Apr 13 / Houston Chronicle
HGO's Tristn and Isolde is immaculately profound, riveting, and unforgettable
23 Apr 13 / Broadway World
A crowning achievement of Houston Grand Opera season, but it's likely to drive you mad
22 Apr 13 / Culturemap
Tristan and Isolde at the Houston Grand Opera is a feast for the ears
21 Apr 13 / Houston Press
Something missing in Houston Grand’s ‘Tristan und Isolde’
20 Apr 13 / Dallas Morning News

Tristan und Isolde

Canadian Opera Company

A special event indeed!
4 Feb 13 / ConcertoNet (English)
A transcendent experience
31 Jan 13 / The Toronto Star
Musical perfection was in the air
31 Jan 13 / The Globe and Mail
Tristan und Isolde is Wagner-riffic
31 Jan 13 / National Post

Tristan und Isolde

Edinburgh International Festival

An emotion-packed production
28 Aug 12 / Edinburgh Guide
Jennifer Wilson thrills as Isolde
20 Aug 12 / The Opera Critic
Welsh National Opera translates its experience of the theatre to the concert platform
19 Aug 12 / Financial Times
Shimmering orchestral playing in WNO’s Tristan und Isolde
17 Aug 12 / Seen and Heard

Tristan und Isolde

Welsh National Opera

This is a production in which the acting never matches the quality of the singing
31 May 12 / Oxford Times Online
The cast barely puts a foot wrong
30 May 12 / South Wales Argus
Ann Petersen's portrayal of the Irish princess was so strong as to command the attention
23 May 12 / The Guardian
WNO’s Tristan and Isolde sound but lacking in impulse
23 May 12 / Seen and Heard
Welsh National Opera's revival of Tristan und Isolde sounded lithe and sumptuous
22 May 12 / Telegraph
Superb lyrical singing and few disagreeable surprises in latest Cardiff Wagner
21 May 12 / The Arts Desk


San Diego Opera

Moby Dick version lyrique
27 Feb 12 / ResMusica
An inventive, high-tech production steals the show
22 Feb 12 /
San Diego Opera’s ‘Moby-Dick’ a revelation
20 Feb 12 / U-T San Diego
Anchors aweigh
20 Feb 12 / Out West Arts
Ben Heppner Reviews & Articles


Ben Heppner is recognized as one of the finest dramatic tenors today, excelling in some of the most challenging roles in the repertoire. He is acclaimed in music capitals around the world for his beautiful voice, intelligent musicianship, and sparkling dramatic sense.
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Ben Heppner Articles

Tenor Ben Heppner announces retirement from singing

The Canadian tenor who made an international career out of wooing Isolde and hunting the great white whale has sung his last high C on a public stage. Ben Heppner has announced his retirement from singing.
25 Apr 2014 / The Globe and Mail

Ben Heppner returns in COC's Peter Grimes

Acclaimed Canadian tenor Ben Heppner was back in fine form Tuesday night, returning to the stage to star in Peter Grimes after having withdrawn from the opera's opening night performance.
10 Oct 2013 / CBC News

Ben Heppner looks back on a life of opera

Star tenor, who opens in Peter Grimes for the Canadian Opera Company, still sees himself as the ‘lumpy guy from Toronto’.
5 Oct 2013 / The Toronto Star

Ben Heppner withdraws from opening of COC's Peter Grimes

Health reasons cited; American tenor Anthony Dean Griffey steps in for Peter Grimes.
5 Oct 2013 / CBC News

Ben Heppner to host opera show

CBC announces that acclaimed Canadian tenor Ben Heppner will be the new host of CBC Radio 2’s Saturday Afternoon at the Opera starting on September 7, 2013.
16 Jul 2013 / La Scena Musicale (English)

Heppner makes a Wagnerian return with Tristan und Isolde

The new year can’t come fast enough — if only for Ben Heppner’s impassioned return to the Canadian Opera Company for the first time since the Clinton/Chrétien era.
23 Dec 2012 / National Post

Ben Heppner cancels 'Moby-Dick' performance in San Diego

Ben Heppner has canceled his Tuesday appearance in "Moby-Dick" at the San Diego Opera. He will be repalced by Jay Hunter Morris.
21 Feb 2012 / Los Angeles Times

Getting 'Moby-Dick' opera up and sailing

Tenor Ben Heppner and composer Jake Heggie discuss the challenges of bringing Herman Melville's American classic to San Diego's Civic Theatre.
15 Feb 2012 / Los Angeles Times

Opera houses play a game of tenor round robin

The San Diego Opera and Metropolitan Opera are playing a fine game of tenor round robin, as in Heppner to Lehman to Morris.
29 Oct 2011 / New York Times

Ben Heppner talks about Peter Grimes and The Rake’s Progress

When Canadian tenor Ben Heppner opens in his second run of the Willy Decker production of Peter Grimes at the Royal Opera House next week, he will still not have met the director.
13 Jun 2011 / What's on Stage

Ben Heppner Drops Out of the Met’s ‘Ring’

The Metropolitan Opera’s new “Ring” cycle has lost its Siegfried.
9 Feb 2011 / New York Times

Ben Heppner quits Metropolitan Opera's 'Ring' cycle production

The Metropolitan Opera in New York has lost its Siegfried for its costly new production of Richard Wagner's "Ring" cycle.
9 Feb 2011 / Los Angeles Times

Heppner keeps his Canadian visits very low key

Superstar Ben Heppner will make his long-awaited Four Seasons Centre opera debut in two years, defying the Toronto vocal jinx that has derailed three recitals in recent years.
15 Dec 2010 / The Toronto Star

'Lohengrin'-bound Ben Heppner works through recent vocal travails

The Canadian tenor will make his L.A. Opera debut as Wagner's mysterious knight.
13 Nov 2010 / Los Angeles Times

Ben Heppner to perform solo recital in September

The COC has announced that that Heppner will perform a special solo recital accompanied by pianist John Hess at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto on Sept. 11.
15 Jan 2010 / National Post
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