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Ben Heppner, C.C., B.Mus., LL.D.

Full Name Honour Received Residence
Ben Heppner, C.C., B.Mus., LL.D. C.C. Toronto
Honour Appointment Investiture
Companion of the Order of Canada October 23, 2008 September 3, 2010
Called the leading heroic tenor of our times, Ben Heppner has reached the pinnacle of his profession and is a pre-eminent musical ambassador for our nation. Known for both the power and subtlety of his voice, he performs with the world's best orchestras in major opera houses around the globe. Both his live performances and his recordings consistently garner glowing reviews, and he has been showered with honours and awards. Still, he makes time to help at the community level. A man of deep faith, he sings for the benefit of his church, and for national and provincial lung associations. Very much devoted to Canada, he has performed in rural and urban centres throughout the country.

This is a promotion within the Order.
Officer of the Order of Canada November 15, 2000 February 22, 2002
As his career continues to soar, he is recognized as one of the world's greatest tenors. He is in demand around the globe and is a proud and inspiring representative of our nation. His many outstanding recordings have set new standards for versatility and vocal performance and have garnered numerous awards, including a Grammy and two Junos. Choosing to make his home in Canada, he gives generously of his time here, performing benefit concerts for many organizations, including the Mennonite Economic Development Associates and the Lung Association.
Member of the Order of Canada April 15, 1999 September 23, 1999
His voice has resounded in the world's leading opera houses where he has become renowned as one of today's foremost tenors. Acclaimed for his interpretation of Wagner and Strauss, he has mastered the difficult vocal challenges of the heroic operas. His recitals and recordings have received outstanding reviews as he continues to ensure a Canadian presence in international concert halls. His career has inspired young classical singers to pursue their dreams.
Updated: 2018-03-26
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