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Opera star tenor Ben Heppner shares why he's decided to retire from the stage

Ben Heppner (left) speaks with guest host Rick MacInnes-Rae in our studios today (Photo: Chris Harbord/CBC)

Ben Heppner (left) speaks with guest host Rick MacInnes-Rae in our studios today (Photo: Chris Harbord/CBC)

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Ben Heppner is considered one of the best dramatic opera tenors in the world, and today, he's decided to step back from the stage. Known for performing some of the world's most vocally demanding roles -- including his signature Tristan and Verdi's Otello and Berlioz's Aeneas -- he joins us in the As It Happens studio to explain why he's chosen to retire as a performer.

"At the end of 2013, I sort of set aside opera, and then it became pretty clear to me that you can't sing part-time. It's a full-time commitment just to keep things going...particularly as you're aging and all that." Mr. Heppner tells As It Happens.

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Governor General Michaƫlle Jean invests Ben Heppner, from Toronto, Ont. as a Companion of the Order of Canada during a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa in 2010. (Photo: Fred Chartrand/CP)
Ben Heppner (left) performs as Tristan with Janice Baird as Isolde in the opera "Tristan und Isolde" at New York's Metropolitan Opera. (Photo: Seth Wenig/AP)

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