In July, CBC revealed that acclaimed Canadian tenor Ben Heppner
will be the new host of CBC Radio 2
's Saturday Afternoon at the Opera
this fall. Now fans have another reason to celebrate because they'll have Heppner all afternoon long! He'll go back-to-back with a brand new show, Backstage with Ben Heppner
With over 30 years of experience performing around the globe, the program is a chance for Heppner to share his rich personal anecdotes about the opera world. He'll take listeners behind the scenes, providing insight into legendary personalities and what it's like to live and breathe opera. And, of course, he'll be sharing some great classical music from Canadian artists and international superstars.
According to Heppner, it's an opportunity he's dreamed about for around 20 years and is very much looking forward to showing fans his "lighter side."
We caught up with the opera star to chat about his new role, his early start with CBC back in the seventies, along with his future performance plans.
Watch the interview:
New episodes of Saturday Afternoon at the Opera with Heppner begin September 7 at 1 p.m. ET on CBC Radio 2, followed by Backstage with Ben Heppner at 4 p.m. ET.