December 13, 1998 |
Ever so slowly working its way beyond the fringe, Dvorak's best-known opera arrives in its first stellar recording. Fleming's growing celebrity and Heppner's reputation as the heldentenor of choice will likely draw a whole new audience for this sentimental fairy tale of a water sprite longing for human love. "Rusalka" is best known for the exquisite soprano aria "Song to the Moon," which Fleming sings with splendid surety.
January 13, 1999 |
Ben Heppner has been hailed by critics around the world as the latest great hope in the excruciatingly difficult Wagnerian heldentenor repertory. But the 42-year-old Canadian didn't always soar in those rarefied heights. "Early on, when I was 18 through 22 . . . I didn't have an easy access to the upper part of the voice," said Heppner, who will make his Orange County recital debut Sunday at the Irvine Barclay Theatre in a program co-sponsored by the theater and the Philharmonic Society.
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 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.
January 19, 1999 |
A conq'ring hero with charm, Ben Heppner strode onto the stage Sunday afternoon at the Irvine Barclay Theatre clearly happy to be there and to share his vocal gifts with a virtually filled 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.