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  • Date Published: 2024  
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Thomas Bernard Heppner CC (born January 14, 1956) is a renowned Canadian tenor and broadcaster, now retired from singing, who specialized in opera and other classical works for voice.
Heppner, of Mennonite descent, was born in Murrayville, British Columbia, and lived in Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
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. He later studied opera at University of Toronto.

Heppner won the Metropolitan Opera Auditions in 1988 which launched his career in major productions world wide.
He is associated with the Wagnerian repertoire, but he performed a range of operas from the German, French and Italian canons.
Heppner performed frequently with opera companies in the United States (including the New York Metropolitan Opera) and Europe, and concert appearances with symphony orchestras.
Heppner achieved renown with the 1993 recording of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg conducted by Wolfgang Sawallisch and the Bavarian State Orchestra.
He has appeared in the DVD recordings of the Met’s productions of Beethoven’s Fidelio, Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, three of his signature roles.
He first performed Tristan with the Seattle Opera in 1998, and in November 1998 with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Claudio Abbado. Heppner also performed and recorded Wagner’s “Gotterdammerung” with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.

He specialized in operatic roles including the title part in Lohengrin, the title part in Otello, and Berlioz’s Aeneas. Heppner recorded Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in 1995 with Sir Georg Solti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He performed Beethoven’s “Fidelio” at the Salzburg Festival with Solti in 1996, which would be the conductor’s final operatic performances, and recorded the work that same year with Sir Colin Davis conducting. Also with Sir Colin Davis, Heppner recorded the role of Aeneas in Berlioz’ “Les Troyens”.
Heppner has recorded on multiple labels, participating in complete operas and solo albums of arias and songs. He was signed to an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon (DG). His first solo recording for DG, made in 2001, was Airs Français. It won a Juno Award.
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