Ben Heppner

Canadian tenor Ben Heppner (58) announced his retirement from singing yesterday, ending his  Heldentenor career which brought him to every important stage  the from the end of the 1980s on. He was in demand especially for Wagner roles and Verdi’s Otello. Heppner said: « After much consideration, I’ve decided the time has come for a new era in my life.  I’m setting aside my career as an opera and concert singer. I wish to thank the countless people who inspired me, supported me and encouraged me to embark on a fantastic journey over the past 35 years.  A million thanks to those who hired me.  Most importantly, I want to thank everyone who ever bought a ticket. I’m really enjoying my time on CBC Radio as host of  Saturday Afternoon at the Opera and  Backstage with Ben Heppner, and look forward to what the future has in store. » Since several years Heppner had vocal problems and canceled a lot of performances.

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