Canadian tenor Ben Heppner is the host of CBC Radio 2’s Saturday Afternoon at the Opera and Backstage with Ben Heppner. But did you know CBC Music also offers a continuous music stream of operatic hits hand-picked by the man described in The New York Times as "a superhero in operatic circles"?

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Listen to Heppner's Opera Gems, CBC Music's 24/7 opera stream.


Heppner's Opera Gems features the most familiar arias and ensembles from the best-loved operas of all time along with opera overtures, intermezzi and choruses, all curated by Heppner. Performances combine the great voices of the 20th century with today’s rising stars.

Born and raised in Dawson Creek, B.C., Heppner has become one the world’s pre-eminent dramatic tenors. After winning the CBC Talent Competition back in 1979 and gaining international recognition as a winner of the Metropolitan Opera Competition in 1988, Heppner became one of the most celebrated tenors of his time. Possessing a voice that is uniquely lyrical and powerful, Heppner has received multiple Juno and Grammy awards throughout his career.

posted by Robert Rowat on Sep 27, 2013