March 26, 2008 |
At this rate, Ben Heppner and Deborah Voigt may never sing "Tristan und Isolde" together. After missing the first four performances of the highly anticipated revival at New York City's Metropolitan Opera, Heppner planned to return Tuesday night. But Voigt woke up Tuesday with a fever and nausea, spokesman Albert Imperato said. She was to be replaced by understudy Janice Baird. Heppner and Voigt, two of the world's leading Wagnerian singers, have never sung the opera together and have one more chance: Friday night.
March 20, 2008 |
NEW YORK -- Stage lore holds that Shakespeare's "Macbeth" is cursed and that it's best called "the Scottish play" inside the theater to avert bad luck. Even the Metropolitan Opera has historically had troubles mounting Verdi's operatic version. But after a mishap-free run of the Verdi last fall and a seemingly jinxed production of "Tristan and Isolde" this month, it appears that Met insiders would do better by referring to Wagner's masterpiece as "the Cornish opera." Tuesday night did not break the jinx.
October 24, 2007
Tenor change: Tenor Ben Heppner has canceled his appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic this week because of illness. In place of the Sibelius songs he was to sing Thursday and Friday at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Esa-Pekka Salonen will conduct Sibelius' "Death of Melisande." The rest of the program -- Sibelius' fifth and sixth symphonies -- will remain the same.
July 13, 2005 |
Ben Heppner, who was to have made his L.A. Opera debut in September as Canio in "Pagliacci," has dropped out, the company said Tuesday. He'll be replaced by tenor Roberto Alagna, whose wife, soprano Angela Gheorghiu, will appear in the role of Nedda. They performed here last season in "La Boheme." A news release from L.A. Opera quoted Heppner's management as saying he had decided "that the role of Canio no longer suits his voice and has removed it from his active repertoire."
March 16, 2004 |
Science tells us that energy is diminishing in the universe. That's called the second law of thermodynamics. But it doesn't apply to tenor Ben Heppner. At his recital Sunday afternoon at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Heppner started strong and got stronger. His voice grew bigger, brighter and more thrilling the more he sang. It was an extraordinary experience.
January 20, 1999 |
A conquering hero with charm, Ben Heppner strode onto the stage at the Irvine Barclay Theatre Sunday afternoon clearly happy to be there and to share his vocal gifts with a virtually full house. The Canadian tenor, one of the Metropolitan Opera's recent stalwarts in the Wagnerian wing, relishes musical challenges and has regularly met them, as witness his much-followed "Tristan" in Seattle last summer.