Internationally acclaimed tenor Ben Heppner

INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED TENOR
BEN HEPPNER

March 14 in Segerstrom Hall

Ben Heppner

COSTA MESA, CA - One of the most celebrated operatic tenors in the world today will make his Orange County Performing Arts Center debut in the Voices in Song Series - Ben Heppner - who will appear in recital on Sunday, March 14 at 2 p.m. in Segerstrom Hall. Heppner is considered one the great dramatic tenors before the public today with a repertory that includes Wagner's Tristan, Berlioz's Aeneas, Verdi's Otello, Strauss's Emperor, Britten's Peter Grimes and Puccini's Calaf. This performance is a rare opportunity for Southern California audiences to hear this singular artist performing very personal repertory, which will include songs by Benjamin Britten, Jean Sibelius, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Francesco Paolo Tosti. Pianist Craig Rutenberg will be his accompanist.

Tickets for each range from $22 to $76 and are on sale now at The Center Box Office, online at The Center's Web site at www.ocpac.org, by phone through Ticketmaster at (714) 740-7878 or (213) 365-3500 and at all Ticketmaster outlets. For information about special savings available to groups of 20 or more, contact Group Services at (714) 755-0236. The Center's TTY number is (714) 556-2746. Artists, dates and programs are subject to change.

The Center applauds K-Mozart 105.1 for its support of the Voices in Song Series.

Ben Heppner has made the heroic roles of Tristan, Lohengrin, Otello and Berlioz's Aeneas his own.  After his debut as Tristan for Seattle Opera, Heppner was hailed as "a Tristan for the new millennium."  He made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera singing the title role in Idomeneo, and has since appeared there as Florestan in a new production of Fidelio, Laca in Jenufa, Gherman in a new production of The Queen of Spades with Valery Gergiev, the Prince in a new production of Rusalka and the new production of Les Troyens. The live recording of Les Troyens with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Colin Davis which stars Heppner won the 2001 Grammy Award for both Best Classical Album and Best Opera Album.

Ben Heppner created the title role of William Bolcom's McTeague in 1992 with Lyric Opera of Chicago, where he has also appeared as Calaf in Turandot and the title role of Peter Grimes. Grimes was the role of his debut with both the Royal Opera, Covent Garden and the Opéra National de Paris. He has, indeed, sung in all of the major opera houses of the world. His repertory also includes Canio in I Pagliacci, Andrea Chenier, Hüon in Oberon, Samson in Samson et Dalila and the Emperor in Die Frau ohne Schatten along with the tenor roles in Scheonberg's Gürrelieder, Britten's War Requiem, Mahler's Eighth Symphony, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Verdi's Requiem. Many of his greatest roles have been documented on disk for RCA Red Seal, Decca, EMI, Teldec and Deutsche Grammophone.

A native of British Columbia, Heppner took first place at the Canadian Broadcasting Company Talent Festival. He has been seen on numerous CBC broadcasts. He also won the Metropolitan Opera auditions. Among his other honors are a Grammy Award for his recording of Die Meistersinger and several Canadian Juno Awards for his recordings, most recently Airs Français. 
 
2003-2004 VOICES IN SONG
Segerstrom Hall
Ben Heppner
Tenor

March 14, 2004 at 2 p.m.
Tickets: $22 - $76


2004-2005 VOICES SONG

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
Soprano
September 26, 2004 at 2 p.m.

Anne Sofie von Otter
Mezzo Soprano
December 14, 2004 at 8 p.m.


Tickets may be purchased at The Center Box Office, online at The Center's Web site at www.ocpac.org, by phone through Ticketmaster at (714) 740-7878 or (213) 365-3500 and at all Ticketmaster outlets. The Center's TTY number is (714) 556-2746. Artists and programs are subject to change. For more information about these or any other Center events, please call (714) 556-ARTS or visit The Center's Web site at www.ocpac.org.

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