Ben Heppner, CC is a Canadian tenor, specializing in opera and other classical works for voice.
Heppner was born in Murrayville, British Columbia, and lived in Dawson Creek. He began his musical studies at the University of British Columbia and first attracted national attention when he won the CBC Talent Festival in 1979.
Since then, he has gone on to become one of the most prominent dramatic tenors active today. He is associated particularly with the Wagnerian repertoire, but he performs a wide range of operas from the German, French and Italian canons.
Heppner performs frequently with major opera companies in the United States and Europe, as well as concert appearances with major symphony orchestras. He has appeared in the DVD recordings of the Met's productions of Beethoven's Fidelio, Wagner's Die Meistersinger von NÃ¼rnberg, and Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, two of his signature roles. He specialises in some of the most challenging of operatic roles, including, in addition to Tristan, the title part in Lohengrin, the title part in Otello, and Berlioz's Aeneas.